Building resilience through collaborative community arts practice: a scoping study with disabled young people and those facing mental health complexity


Principal Investigator: Hannah Macpherson (University of Brighton)
Co-investigators: Professor Angie Hart (University of Brighton)
Collaborators: Becky Heaver; Sue Winter; Sam Taylor; BoingBoing; Art in Mind; Amaze; The International Centre of Art for Social Change.
Duration: 2012

This study involved delivery of a program of weekly resilience-building arts workshops for young people with complex needs, and a literature review. We found a significant existing evidence-base linking visual arts practice to individual and community resilience across a number of disciplinary fields including art therapy, social work, community health, cultural policy and geographies of health. The researchers found that even short-term visual arts interventions can have a significant impact on young people’s resilience.