Bereavement Rituals During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Implications for Mental Health Support, Funerary Practices and Public Health Messaging

About the project This project explored the ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic dislocated significant rituals and practices around death and dying. Through qualitative research with bereaved families and with funeral directors, the research team sought to investigate the impact on mental health, on adherence to public health guidelines, and on the planning and delivery […]

COVID-19 CARE: Culture and the Arts, from Restriction to Enhancement: Protecting Mental Health in the Liverpool City Region

About the project This study assessed the impact for mental health of restricted access to arts and culture in the Liverpool city region during the pandemic. It aims to provide both the evidence for, and the tools to assess, the cost to public mental health of the loss of arts and cultural provision as well […]

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The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare provision for children with long-term conditions.

This blog shares insights from an ongoing research project that explores how the health systems response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic affected children and young people with long-term conditions in the UK. Based on a scoping review of academic studies, and subsequent focus groups with healthcare practitioners, parents and carers, the project examines the impact […]

Between environmental concerns and compliance: How does media messaging affect motivation and choice between disposable versus reusable face masks?

About the project During the pandemic single-use masks have caused increasing waste as well as a threat to human health as contaminants they contain move into the human food chain when disposed of in the environment. This project explored the question of whether it was possible to make the process of protection more sustainable overall. […]

Arts & Health and Wellbeing

Arts and humanities research during the COVID-19 pandemic has addressed issues of direct relevance for the support of individual, social and community health, mental health and wellbeing.  Findings show that during the pandemic, the social care sector and the NHS have been able to access, benefit and learn from community assets and resources, including those […]

Coping Creatively: Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Communities and Wellbeing This group of projects focuses on the impact of arts organisations and grassroots groups on supporting societal wellbeing, mental health and social support issues arising in the pandemic. Spaces and Places This group of projects identify and examine the spatial, geographical and developmental disparities experienced in the pandemic, but also how spaces […]

HEartS Professional: The Health, Economic, and Social Impact of COVID-19 on Professionals in the Arts

About the project This project has investigated the experience of arts professionals across the creative industries in response to COVID-19. Through longitudinal sector-wide surveys, audience questionnaires and qualitative follow-up studies, the research also sheds light on key challenges artists will face in a post-pandemic cultural environment. Findings explore financial and mental health challenges experienced by […]

VIP CLEAR: Children’s lockdown experiences applied to recovery

About the project This project sought to gather and critically evaluate children’s worldviews, perceptions and experiences during COVID-19. Working with multicultural schools and nurseries in Bristol and a national partner, Action for Children, the research team employed child-focused, creative methodologies, interweaving socially engaged arts practice with social science to capture children’s voices and views. Principal Investigator […]

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Like a new beginning: a message of hope, inspiration and community from the Pandemic and Beyond Lived Experience Panel

Dr Karen Gray records the reflections of the Lived Experience Panel members, who have been helping shape Pandemic & Beyond’s approach to research and public engagement. They discuss contributing to ongoing, urgent research initiatives and what lies ahead for creative research. From its earliest moments, the Pandemic & Beyond team has benefitted from the skills […]

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News from the Culture Box

Dr Chloe Asker (Post Doctoral Research Associate) reflects on methodologies in arts and health research that have become so important during the pandemic and shares some updates on the Culture Box project. Introducing the Culture Box project In recent years, there has been a growing interest in person-centred approaches to engage people with dementia in […]