Press Release

31 August 2011

The Royal Society for Public Health has recognised excellence and innovation in the public health contributions of creative arts organisations in its Arts and Health Awards for 2011.

The award scheme was established in 2008 in association with Canterbury Christ Church University and its Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.

The theme of this year’s awards was the contribution of arts, music and cultural organisations to community health and healthcare.

The Society received over 40 nominations from across the UK, reflecting the dynamism and creativity of links between arts organisations and the NHS. The winners feature two projects centred on galleries and museums that have worked with adults and older people with health challenges, and two projects promoting the wellbeing of young people through music.

Professor Stephen Clift, Research Director of the University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health and Chair of the Awards Committee, said: “The committee was extremely impressed by the range and quality of nominations received this year. At a time when the NHS is facing challenges with funding and reorganisation, it is encouraging to see that across the UK there are so many imaginative partnerships between arts organisations and acute and community trusts, producing excellent arts projects making a significant contribution to public health and wellbeing.”

The winners are the Dulwich Picture Gallery, for their ‘Good Times: Art for Older People’ project and its evaluation by Professor Sarah Harper of the Oxford Institute of Ageing. Professor Harper also receives an award for excellence in research. The Renaissance North West consortium of museums and galleries, for their ‘Who Cares?’ project and its evaluation by Professor Lynn Frogett and her team at the University of Central Lancashire. Professor Frogett has also been awarded an award for excellence in research. The Ex Cathedra choir for their ‘Singing Medicine’ project. And Evaluation of the ‘Sing Up’ initiative in England, by Professor Graham Welch of the Institute of Education, University of London.

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Notes to Editor

Royal Society for Public Health

The RSPH Royal Society for Public Health is an independent charity formed in October 2008 with the merger of the Royal Society of Health and the Royal Institute of Public Health.

We are a membership organisation and have over 6,000 members. Membership of the RSPH Royal Society for Public Health is open to anyone working in the area of public health. It is a widely recognised mark of commitment to public health and brings real professional benefits.

Almost 100,000 people take our qualifications each year in subjects such as food hygiene, health and safety and health improvements. We also run conferences in food safety, water, infection control and occupational medicine.

We run an accreditation service for health and safety related products and we also manage the second largest food packaging certification scheme in the UK.

Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health is internationally recognised for its commitment to researching the potential value of music, and other participative arts activities, in the promotion of well-being and health of individuals and communities.

The Folkestone-based Centre has recently completed a systematic review of research on singing and health, conducted a cross-national survey of choral singers in Australia, England and Germany, and undertaken a formative evaluation of the 'Silver Song Club Project' run by Sing For Your Life Ltd.
Currently, the Centre is undertaking further research on singing for the well-being and health of older people, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients and people with enduring health problems.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college




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