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February 2024

Creative pathways to personal wellbeing

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Creative pathways to personal wellbeing
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The quick read

We have brought together evidence on how and why creativity supports wellbeing.

The evidence shows:

  • Creative activities can lead to a range of wellbeing outcomes.
  • Pathways to wellbeing are both personal and relational.
  • The importance of key factors including: skilled facilitators, inclusive and safe environments, autonomy and choice, and curiosity, immersion and distraction.
  • A risk of negative outcomes if activities are not designed with key factors in mind.

This briefing is based on a rapid scoping review conducted by Brunel University London, in partnership with the Social Purpose Lab at the University of the Arts: London.

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Background

What we did

What we found

Creative pathways model

Case study: Left/Write//Hook

Building creative practice expertise

Case study: Unlocked

Recommendations for the social purpose lab

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