'It takes me into another dimension': an evaluation of mental health-themed exhibitions in outdoor urban areas

Tischler, Victoria (2017) 'It takes me into another dimension': an evaluation of mental health-themed exhibitions in outdoor urban areas. Arts and Health. ISSN 1753-3015

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Abstract

Background: A variety of cultural activities can be used to raise awareness of mental health issues that provide artistic opportunities for those experiencing mental illness, and for outreach to communities who are less likely to engage with the arts.

Method: This study evaluated the impact of two lightbox exhibitions in urban public spaces in London, England, using interlinked cross-sectional surveys. Numerical data were analysed using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis used to analyse textual data.

Results: The findings indicated that the artwork challenged negative attitudes towards mental illness, created empathy with artists and provided a forum for reflection about mental health.

Conclusions: This mode of exhibition raises awareness of mental health, reaches an audience that may be marginalized from mainstream cultural activity and helps build resilience and civic pride.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art, creativity, lightbox exhibition, mental health, stigma
Subjects: Medicine and health > Mental health
Arts
Medicine and health
Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 18:55
Last Modified: 04 May 2017 10:06
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3171

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