Culture Days will be joined by BBC Arts Editor Stephen James-Yeoman and University College London (UCL) Senior Research Fellow Dr. Daisy Fancourt to discuss new research on the benefits of arts participation. A recent study conducted by Dr. Fancourt and UCL identified the different ways that people use creativity as a coping mechanism to control negative emotions, such as stress and anxiety, and how spending just a brief amount of time on artistic pursuits can have a direct impact on personal well-being.
The study is being released in connection with the Get Creative Festival – the UK-wide celebration of creativity taking place this year from May 11-19. Stephen James-Yeoman will speak about the festival, its audience, and ongoing research efforts, in addition to the many links between Get Creative and Culture Days.
Daisy Fancourt is Senior Research Fellow/Wellcome Research Fellow in the Psychobiology Group, Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL. Daisy studied at Oxford University and King’s College London before completing her PhD in psychoneuroimmunology at UCL. She specialises in psychobiology and social epidemiology, focusing on the effects of social and community participation on health, with a particular interest in the effects of arts and cultural engagement.
Stephen James-Yeoman is the BBC lead for the Get Creative Festival as part of his role as Editor, Digital Development and Innovation for BBC Arts. Stephen commissions projects for BBC Arts which complement on air programming, often working with cultural partners on co-ordinated outreach and engagement. Most recently he commissioned the award-winning Civilisations AR App working with museums, libraries and galleries across the UK which scanned items from their collections to be explored through smartphones and tablets. He was the Commissioning Executive for #DancePassion, a celebration of the UK's dance sector which included almost 50 companies from the UK.