Creative approaches to wellbeing

The pandemic and beyond

Edited by Karen Gray and Victoria Tischler

Creative approaches to wellbeing
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  • ISBN: 9781526172594
  • Publish Date: May 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7259-4
    • Pages: 248
    • Price: £40.00
    • Published Date: May 2024


    A compilation of case studies illustrating how arts, culture and other community assets were used by individuals and communities to cope and develop resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic, demonstrating valuable lessons that might help us develop resilience in similar future crises. Threaded through all the contributions, readers will discover a focus on the experiences and voices of those marginalised during the pandemic, because of their lived experiences of structural inequalities, or due to mental or physical ill-health or age. These are difficult and complex topics, and there are vital lessons here for policy and for practice in the arts and for provision of health and care.


    Introduction - Victoria Tischler and Karen Gray
    Part I: Isolation and connection
    1 Community COVID: How can community assets redress health inequities? - Rabya Mughal, Linda J. Thomson, Helen J. Chatterjee
    2 Together while apart: Interrogating togetherness in the context of COVID-19 and online community arts practice - Matthew Reason
    Part II: Places and spaces
    3 Just walking: Creative methods towards pedestrian equity - Dee Heddon, Maggie O'Neill, Clare Qualmann, Morag Rose, Harry Wilson
    4 Nature's affordances: Challenges and opportunities - Qian Sun, Amy Corcoran, Anna Jorgensen
    5 Community resilience and recovery: The 'Restorative Museum' and responses to COVID-19 - Breda Friel, David Farrell-Banks, Philip McDermott
    6 'It's OK to be closed': Harnessing the power of nature, enhancing resilience and learning lessons from the literary heritage sector - David Rudrum, Helen Williams
    Part III: Lessons for practice
    7 Remote cultures: Using arts activities to support staff working with people with dementia in care homes - Chloe Asker, Victoria Tischler, Hannah Zeilig
    8 Communicating through COVID: Arts-based approaches to supporting healthcare workers through a pandemic - Suzy Willson, Graham Easton, Sandra Nicholson, Bella Eacott, Eliz Hassan, Pedro Rothstein, Paul Heritage
    9 Arts for health's sake: Mapping innovation in arts provision in the Liverpool City Region - Josie Billington, Ekaterina Balabanova, Joanne Worsley, Antonina Anisimovich, Melissa Chapple


    Victoria Tischler is Professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Surrey.
    Karen Gray is a researcher at the University of Bristol.

    Creative approaches to wellbeing

    Edited by Karen Gray, Victoria Tischler

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