Social Value

Hannah Brackston's Nith Scoping public art project Dumfries (photo: The Stove)

Creativity makes the society we live in better

It makes an invaluable contribution to our health and wellbeing – both physically and mentally.

It inspires co-operation, collaboration, empathy and understanding. It brings people together and opens our minds to cultural diversity and social inclusion.

It can reach out to all parts of society across all parts of the country, including some of our most marginalised people.

It makes a vital contribution to all stages of our education system and to lifelong development and learning.

It helps us develop skills, our imaginations, our self-expression, and our confidence, opening us up to new experiences, improving social mobility and helping us all learn more about ourselves and others and, ultimately, making a positive contribution to Scotland’s society.

Did you know?

The most commonly reported benefits of taking part in creative activities are helping us to relax and making us feel good - 46% and 42% respectivelyScottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2017

People who have attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months are almost 60 per cent more likely to report good health compared to those who have not - Healthy Attendance? The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with Life in Scotland, Scottish Government  2013

Alongside the more physical benefits of active forms of cultural activity (e.g. drama, dance) activities such as storytelling and visual art also have positive impacts on the overall health of those taking part - An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People, Mental Health Foundation, 2011

Learning through Arts and Culture improves attainment across many other aspects of the school curriculum. Participation in structured arts activities increase cognitive abilities, and taking part in structured music activities improves attainment in maths - Key research findings: the case for cultural learning, Cultural Learning Alliance, 2011

97% of the Scottish population believes that creative activity is essential for children and young people’s learning and well-being,  82% believe that arts education in schools is as important as science education - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2017


Dundee Urban Orchard project aims to grow creativity and sustainability

Dundee Urban Orchard (DUO) is a city-wide art and horticulture project, which aims to build and care for small-scale orchards in Dundee. It aims to develop new artistic practices, which will speak across communities, and seeks to address global environmental challenges on a local level.

Published: 25 Jul 2017

Changing lives through singing

We find out how FDAMH's Freedom of Mind Choir is having a huge impact on adults from Falkirk and the surrounding areas recovering from or living with mental ill-health, as well as reducing stigma and spreading the word about the importance of self-care.

Published: 15 Jun 2017

We're rolling... new life for the Screen Machine

The Screen Machine is rolling again after undergoing a major refit of the vehicle, which has added a minimum of six more years to its operational life. We went along to the opening screening in Brodick, Arran to find out more.

Published: 06 Jun 2017

Learning disabilities no barrier as Midlothian artist collective gets creative

A new exhibition of weird and wonderful costumes and humorous, made-up slogans has been created by a group of artists, some who have learning disabilities. We spoke to the group to find out how they've found the ideal conditions for creativity.

Published: 07 Mar 2017

A spot of culture can make a huge difference to our sense of wellbeing

In this guest post, Bill Ward, Executive Director at Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, talks about how culture and the arts can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Published: 17 Feb 2017