Our approach to wellbeing
One of the R&D focuses of TCAF’s R&D lies on the impact of art on individual wellbeing. Our goal is to test and expand the existing knowledge, namely by designing data-informed art and wellbeing projects.
1) Subjective wellbeing
Most studies regarding the impact of art on wellbeing focus on its subjective perception, as well as on the associations between type, number and frequency of participation in leisure activities and life satisfaction.
2) Physical Health
Art also has clear effects on the physical health of individuals. The difference here is that the focus is on the objective measurements of such impact. Access to art is associated with stroke recovery, a stronger immune system, and in coping with cancer treatment.
3) Mental health
There is also increasing evidence that art has a positive impact on mental health.
4) Ageing well
There is increasing research focused on the impact of art on the wellbeing of old people – namely, engaging with art improves their mental and physical health and provides long-term benefits in mood and cognition.
Our aim is to deliver work that not only provides a better understanding of the transformative power of art regarding these four types of wellbeing but also identifies specific ways in which this impact can be best delivered.
TCAF sits on the board of the Committee Art and Health of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (more details coming soon).
TCAF commissioned a reflection piece by Sara Gomes da Silva on art and spontaneity as a form of expression and its use at the turn of the 20th century as treatment to psychiatric diagnoses – read it here.