The Arts Council of Wales is to map out how the arts can contribute to health and well-being.
A new survey from ACW aims to build up a picture of arts projects within the country where the focus is on improving or maintaining people’s health.
Responses are being invited from artists in Wales whose work “intentionally sets out to deliver health and well-being outcomes for participants” or “engages artists to improve the physical environment of a healthcare setting”.
Projects must have taken place, or be ongoing, within a time frame from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2019.
The survey is being conducted in collaboration with researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University.
ACW aims to build up a detailed picture of the current arts and health scene in the country, and to explore whether the arts can make a contribution to the health and well-being of people in Wales.
It is hoped the survey will give a clear idea of the existing range of health-related arts projects.
In the survey, respondents are asked about the scale of their projects, and whether they are focused on preventing people from becoming ill and maintaining well-being, or whether they “seek to complement conventional medical treatment when someone is unwell”.
The Royal College of Music and Imperial College London set up a similar project in March, funded by a £1 million grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The London universities aim to explore the impact of the arts and culture on health and well-being.
The ACW survey will run until May 5.