A myth-busting mental health tour of the National Gallery in London: Facilitators and challenges to its development and evaluation

Simon Riches, Ruxandra Vasile, Natalie Steer, Anna Murray, Amber Goneni, Aleksandra Orehova, Rachel Temple, Rose Thompson, Fiona Houston, Helen Fisher*

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Abstract

This paper describes a mental health-awareness audio tour of the National Gallery, London, and evaluates the development and implementation of the tour. This smartphone-based audio tour was co-produced by Gallery staff, young people with lived experience of mental health issues, academics, and technologists. Interviews (N=22) were conducted with developers and data-collectors (who had gathered feedback from Gallery visitors who undertook the tour) with responses analysed thematically. Participants highlighted the value of the arts to raise awareness about mental health, and the importance of teamwork, lived experience, and co-production, but also raised the challenges of integrating low-budget projects into large-scale venues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArts & health
Early online date12 Apr 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Apr 2022

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