European Collaboration of Healthcare and Art with Focus on Social Inclusion and Wellbeing

European Collaboration of Healthcare and Art with Focus on Social Inclusion and Wellbeing

Anita Jensen (University of Nottingham, Health Services, UK)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/ijudh.2013070103
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Abstract

This article examines the health benefits, for healthcare service users with various disabilities, of participating in a European collaborative art project. The first section describes the organisations involved and the background for the project. The findings – based on evaluations, testimonies and interviews – suggest that the project promoted wellbeing; stimulated a changed notion of social identity; and also contributed to social engagement and inclusion. The second section starts with considering the role of the Community Learning Programme at Tate Modern Gallery in delivering inclusive workshops, and evaluates it with respect to service users’ needs; this section concludes by questioning the social role of galleries and museums and explores how these could contribute significantly to the health and wellbeing of local communities by promoting arts and health programmes.
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Methodology

Section one will provide a background context to the In Between Out project and the participating organisations and will examine the benefits for the participating service users based on interviews, testimonies and project evaluation reports. Section two will examine the role of Tate Modern Gallery’s Community Learning workshop in relation to the project and how Tate Modern conducted the evaluation of the workshop. Furthermore, the article will consider the current and future role of museum and galleries in relation to health promotion. Finally, the article will conclude by analysing the findings.

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