Read the new report: Identifying the Art of well-being

Identifying the art of well-being is the second and final report in the Entelechy Arts and Queen Mary University of London research partnership providing insights into the effects of Covid-19 on older adults. You can read more about the research here, and download the report below.

Download the report

Key findings of this report include:

– Older adults appreciated the varied creative activities which allowed for choice and agency. They were absorbed in the activities and re-developed or developed artistic interests from taking part.

– Social connections were gained through the remote programmes – Older adults valued the interactions and shared experiences with other members and became emotionally invested in other members’ well-being.

– Although older adults welcomed the increased accessibility offered by the remote programmes, they reported a strong preference for in-person activities.

– Taking part in remote programmes was associated with well-being. Older adults detailed the anticipation, positive mood, and happiness associated with the cluster calls.

– Group identification mattered for social connection and well-being. Higher identification with the arts programme (Meet Me…), their community, and a person’s age group were all associated with lower social isolation and higher positive mood.

– Arts programme identification was associated with engagement and wellbeing both initially and over time. Initial ratings of arts programme (Meet Me…) identification were associated with engaging in more activities and with longer membership with Entelechy Arts.

Remote creative programmes were shown to have long-lasting impacts on older adults by offering choice and agency, lower social isolation and higher positive mood.

The team will be having a public sharing and discussion about the results of the study, on Tuesday 19 July 2022 2pm – 3.30pm at the Albany or online. Further information and booking available here.


Identifying the Art of Well-being research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.

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