On November 29th, at team of researchers at the University of Liverpool launched a new digital resource Liverpool Art of Care: LivCare, showcasing best practice around arts in health provision in Liverpool City Region.  

LivCare celebrates the work of arts organisations, creative practitioners, and health and social care providers working in partnership to support the health and wellbeing in Liverpool, particularly of those who are vulnerable or marginalised. Expert contributors from local arts organisations, healthcare settings, policymaker and service user communities share their reflections on the value of arts in health partnerships.  

LivCare has emerged from an AHRC-funded COVID-19 CARE: Culture and the Arts, from Restriction to Enhancement: Protecting Mental Health in the Liverpool City Region. This 18-month research project, led by Professor Josie Billington and Professor Katia Balabanova, conducted surveys and interviews with cultural organisations and their audiences and beneficiaries to explore the impact on mental health in Liverpool of restricted access to arts and culture and the value of innovation in arts provision in mitigating associated harm. 

Click the image to read the report.