Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

Mutuality, Wellbeing and Mental Health Recovery: Exploring the roles of creative arts adult community learning and participatory arts initiatives

This study is concerned with creative practice and mental health and well-being. It is funded by an AHRC Connected Communities grant.

Research team led by Dr Lydia Lewis, contact: Lydia.lewis@wlv.ac.uk

Completed Projects
Mental health and vulnerability

Overview

This study is concerned with creative practice, mutuality and mental health and well-being. The focus of the research is how this practice can help create spaces in which people can share knowledge and experiences and support one another in order to promote their well-being and recovery for those who have experienced mental health difficulties.

The study is focusing on adult community learning and community/participatory arts settings. It is part of a consortium research programme: Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Well-being, led by Professor Paul Crawford at the University of Nottingham. Find out more about the consortium grant. You can also view the consortium website and project pages.

Project Reports
• Crawford, P., Hogan, S., Wilson, M., Williamon, A., Manning, N., Brown, B. and Lewis, L. (2018), Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery. Research Programme Final Report, University of Nottingham, April.  A digital showcase presentation of the research programme and impact statement are also available. See http://www.healthhumanities.org/creative_practice_mutual_recovery/
• Lewis, L., Spandler, H., Tew, J. and Ecclestone K. with Howard Croft (2016), Mutuality, Wellbeing and Mental Health Recovery: Exploring the roles of creative arts adult community learning & participatory arts initiatives. FINAL RESEARCH REPORT. University of Wolverhampton, April. Summary report and briefing papers also available here: CC-Full-Final CC-Short-Final SUMMARY REPORT FINAL VERSION
• Lewis L, Henson J, Wood A & Chapman L with Cooke A, Snowdon L & White C (2013), WEA Community Health Education in Stoke-on-Trent (CHEST) Project: Women’s Boot Camp, Cobridge. Mental Well-being Impact Assessment (MWIA) Report. University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with the Workers’ Educational Association, Inukshuk Consultancy and SLaM NHS Foundation Trust. Available: http://www.healthhumanities.org/cpmr_uploads/a17d088c757464c40585ac07053b9fa2.pdf

Articles and books chapters

• Lewis, L. (2020), Creative arts adult community learning. In Paul Crawford, Brian Brown & Andrea Charise, Eds., The Companion to Health Humanities, Taylor and Francis/Routledge. https://www.amazon.com/Routledge-Companion-Humanities-Literature-Companions/dp/1138579904
• Lewis, L. (2019), Adult Community Learning, Wellbeing, and Mental Health Recovery. In R. Papa and D. Matheson (Eds.), Handbook on Promoting Social Justice in Education. New York: Springer. https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-3-319-74078-2
• Lewis, L. and Spandler, H. (2019), ‘Breaking down boundaries? Exploring shared art-making in an open studio mental health setting, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 10(1): 9-23. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jaah/2019/00000010/00000001/art00002
• Lewis, L. (2018), Research project examines creative practice, mutuality and mental health, EPALE blog post: https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en/blog/research-project-examines-creative-practice-mutuality-and-mental-healt
•Devaney, T. (2015), Mental Health and Government Policy: Critical Responses to Government Reforms, Institute of Mental Health Blog, 27th Nov
•Crawford, P., Lewis, L., Brown, B. and Manning, N. (2013), Creative practice as mutual recovery in mental health, Mental Health Review Journal, 18 (2): 55-64. https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/MHRJ-11-2012-0031
•Lydia Lewis, Jerry Tew, Helen Spandler and Tony Devaney (2013), 'Mutual recovery': a transformative idea for mental health services?' Working Paper, University of Wolverhampton, January.

 

Events: posters and presentations

• Lewis, L. and Spandler, H. (2019), Exploring mutuality through art-making in an open studio mental health setting, Building Bridges’ in Applied Arts and Health, Education and Community: FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT AND FUTURE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE JOURNAL OF APPLIED ARTS & HEALTH, August, Telford. https://www.wlv.ac.uk/schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-arts/an-international-arts--wellbeing-conference--building-bridges/
• Lewis, L. and Spandler, H. (2018), Forging identity, community and social solidarity through shared creative practice in a mental health participatory arts setting, poster presented at the BSA annual conference, Identity, Community and Social Solidarity, Northumbria University, Newcastle, April.
• Lewis, L. and Spandler, H. (2018), Breaking down boundaries? Exploring shared art-making in an open studio mental health setting, poster presentation, International Health Humanities conference, Southampton, UK, August. PDF available here: ahrc-poster-august-WEB
• Lewis, L. (2018), Mutuality, Wellbeing and Mental Health Recovery: Exploring the roles of creative arts adult community learning and participatory arts initiatives, Seminar presentation to the Mental Health Foundation, London, May 2018
• Lewis, L. and Spandler, H. (2018), Institute of Education Research Day, Breaking down boundaries? Exploring shared art-making in a mental health participatory arts setting, University of Wolverhampton, June.
• Lewis, L. and Spandler, H. (2017), Mutual creativity and learning in a mental health participatory arts setting, International Symposium on Health Humanities and Arts in Health (invited contribution), University of Derby, November
• Lewis, L. with Croft, H. and Devaney, T. (2015), How should we respond to the mental health and wellbeing agenda in ACL: exploring the role of creative practices, presentation for Mutual Recovery consortium community engagement event: day symposium at the QUAD, Derby June, Connected Communities Festival. http://www.healthhumanities.org/index.php/creative_practice_mutual_recovery/projects/project/7/10
•Lewis, L. (2014), Mutuality in the research encounter: some reflections on the ethico-politics of conducting interviews. Presentation to the first CPMR seminar, Methodologies, June. http://www.healthhumanities.org/index.php/creative_practice_mutual_recovery/projects/project/7/10
•Lewis, L., Tew, J., Devaney, T., Ecclestone, K., Spandler, H., Wallcraft, J. and White, C. (2013), Mutual recovery through communities of creative connection: the roles of adult community learning and community arts initiatives, poster presentation to the Connected Communities Showcase event, Edinburgh, 4 July.
•Lewis, L., Tew, J., Devaney, T., Ecclestone, K., Spandler, H., Wallcraft, J. and White, C. (2013), Mutual Recovery through Communities of Creative Connection: The roles of adult community learning and community arts initiatives. Poster presentation to the Workers’ Educational Association Biennial Conference, Building Communities in Challenging Times, Cambridge Corn Exchange, October.
•Lewis, L., Tew, J., Devaney, T., Ecclestone, K., Spandler, H., Wallcraft, J. and White, C. (2013), Mutual Recovery through Communities of Creative Connection: The roles of adult community learning and community arts initiatives. Poster presentation at the launch of the Centre for Social Futures in Mental Health, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, Dec.

Creative Outputs

Funding from a Connected Communities Festival grant in 2015 enabled the making of a film and image library of the WEA’s creative arts provision.

Contributions to National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Publications