rom the use of art and music to improve healing in the hospital (Arts in Hospital; Paintings in Hospitals) to the promotion of art and creativity through community based organisations, resources and initiatives (Arts and Health South West; Arts in Health Forum; Connections Project - Culliford House; City Arts, Clift et al. 2012)artistic and creative practices fulfil a valuable role in promoting health, wellbeing and quality of life.
For example, in their evaluation of the 'Good Times: Art for Older People at Dulwich Picture Gallery', a programme involving a diverse array of artistic and creative activities e.g. creative gallery workshops, outreach workshops and intergenerational workshops, designed to enhance the lives of older people, the Oxford Institute of Ageing Report presents a number of benefits for programme participants. Amongst these include the alleviation of social isolation by enabling people to establish social networks, but also in terms of transforming how those participating in the programme perceived themselves.