Advocacy and research tools
This page provides research, resources and other tools to advocate for the value of creative spaces. If you have other examples you would like others to know about, please contact Iona McNaughton (E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 04 802 4349).
Impact of Ōtautahi Creative Spaces
Findings from research demonstrate the “profound” impact of Ōtautahi Creative Spaces’ programmes on artists’ mental health and wellbeing. Analysis of the innovative arts programme by Ihi Research and Development has revealed how it has helped those involved to become more connected and resilient with improved social skills. Evaluation for Ōtautahi Creative Spaces Trust
Te Ora Auaha: Health & Wellbeing Alliance for Creative Innovation
The Alliance draws together artists and arts organisations, activists, healthcare practitioners and organisations, education institutions, research communities, funders and policy makers, and peak bodies for arts, youth and museums in a strategic interdisciplinary alliance of people and organisations committed to growing the contribution of arts and creativity to the health and wellbeing of communities across Aotearoa New Zealand. After an initial call to action in March 2017, a second hui was held in September 2017. Read September hui notes
A review of Auckland creative spaces
Arts Access Aotearoa conducted a survey of creative spaces in Auckland in November 2017 to provide an in-depth picture of the creative spaces sector in Auckland. Findings highlighted three key themes: the sector is under-recognised, undervalued and underfunded. Anecdotally, Arts Access Aotearoa's knows the issues highlighted in Auckland play out across the sector around the country. Read Creative Spaces in Auckland: a review of inclusive organisations
Research: art courses improve mental wellbeing
Researchers at the University of Gloucestershire have recently evaluated data from nearly 1,300 primary care patients in South West England, finding a course of arts-on-prescription to provide a significant improvement in overall wellbeing, including in those with very complex care needs. UnlArts-on-prescription schemes provide art courses where patients can choose to learn how to draw, paint, create mosaics or write. The courses are led by local artists, and are community-based rather than being based on specific medical needs.
Advocacy: the road to good health
"If we welcome the notion that our economy must be sound and that two of its drivers are creative industries and creative entrepreneurs, there must be a deeper strategic investment in the variety of artistic and creative opportunities. This strengthens the health of our society. It makes us happier," says Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, in this opinion piece published on Stuff. Read more
Research: arts for health and wellbeing
Creative Health: the arts for health and wellbeing, a 2017 report from an All-Party Parliamentary Group in the UK, presents comprehensive evidence on the beneficial impact of the arts. It’s the result of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, other policy-makers and parliamentarians. In the report’s Foreword, Rt Hon Lord Howard says: “We hope that our report will influence the thinking and practice of people working professionally in health and social care as well as of artists and people working in cultural organisations … We offer a challenge to habitual thinking and ask for new collaborations to be formed across conventional boundaries. We are calling for an informed and open-minded willingness to accept that the arts can make a significant contribution to addressing a number of the pressing issues faced by our health and social care systems. The evidence we present shows how arts-based approaches can help people to stay well, recover faster, manage long-term conditions and experience a better quality of life. We also show how arts interventions can save money and help staff in their work.”
The value of creative spaces
In 2016 Arts Access Aotearoa surveyed 32 creative spaces organisations from across the country, to capture a snapshot and health check of what creative spaces around the country have been doing, what they offer and how they are being managed. The survey results provide a benchmark for monitoring future growth and development in the sector.