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February 2024

Creative pathways to personal wellbeing

Creative pathways to personal wellbeing
In partnership with

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.

Close The quick read


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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