Arts and wellbeing - Open call for research proposal

Mat Wright.

The British Council in Hong Kong is commissioning research to assess how receptive relevant stakeholders in Hong Kong might be towards a project that directly uses the arts and creative activities as a resource in supporting health and wellbeing beyond a traditional medical perspective.  

Research background

While there has been acknowledgment in Hong Kong of the role that the arts and creative activities can play in supporting individual health and well-being, this role has not been concisely defined nor strongly recognised.  

In a recent piece of research carried out by Our Hong Kong Foundation, which examined the inclusive power of the arts, it was recommended that “the arts be made a potential resource in easing the burden on the public healthcare system”. This could take the form of a specific programme in which the arts might be used or even prescribed to help encourage greater wellbeing and social inclusion; however, this concept is not established in Hong Kong. Such a programme would need to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and experience-sharing with a holistic approach, looking at health and wellbeing beyond a traditional medical perspective.

This study intends to better understand the appetite for an Arts and Wellbeing programme in Hong Kong, mapping out the right partners that might be involved in a follow-up pilot project, focused on three main beneficiary groups in Hong Kong: i) The elderly; ii) Disabled people and iii) At-risk youths

How to apply

We invite interested parties to carefully read the research brief specifications attached. Please submit your clarification questions by Wednesday 13 March at 23:59 GMT and final proposals to Antony Chan ( no later than Monday 18 March 2019 at 23:59 GMT.