“If the arts are positive for participants, so too should they be for creative practitioners delivering them.”
There is a growing body of robust research evidence supporting the claim that the arts are positive for our health and wellbeing. If the arts are positive for participants, then so too should they be for the creative practitioners delivering them.
In November 2019 Snape Maltings hosted a Creative Thinktank inspired by Nicola Naismith’s 2019 report Artists Practising Well which recognises that practitioners, commissioners, organisational leaders, funders and policy-makers all have roles to play in the health and wellbeing of creative practitioners, supporting them to make and facilitate best quality work.
Co-created by Nicola Naismith and Katherine Zeserson, the event brought together leading researchers, policy-makers, clinicians, practitioners and other stakeholders to consider musician resilience within the field of arts, health and wellbeing. Issues explored included:
Nicola Naismith – Artists Practising Well: Affective Support for Creative Practitioners working in Health and Wellbeing settings March 2019
Full report: https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/235847
Visual Format: https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/ sites/default/files/2019- 04/NicolaNaismith_ArtistsPractisingWell_KeyInf ormation.pdf
Nicola Naismith – Reflections on group discussion of the research as part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week. June 2019: Where Research meets People https://www.nicolanaismith.co.uk/blog/where-research-meets-people
François Matarasso: A Restless Art. 2018 Chapter 12 Hope in uncertainty (Page 189): https://arestlessart.com
Shorter, Gillian W, Siobhan McCann & Lisa McIlherron Changing Arts and Minds: A survey of health and wellbeing in the creative sector. 2018: https://pure.ulster.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/11663648/changing-arts-and-minds-creative-%20industries-report.pdf
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Developing resilience. 2011: https://www.cipd.co.uk/Images/developing-resilience_2011_tcm18-10576.pdf
Yuill, Chris Gig-Economy: Gig-Health? 2017: https://www.cost-ofliving.net/gig-economy-gig-health/
Recent industry-wide survey that was delivered by Classical Music, with the results released on 10 October: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/classical-industry-mental-health-survey/
UK National Arts Wellbeing Collective: https://www.uknawc.co.uk/
Jessica Maryon Davies