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Podcast: Arts, Culture and Mental Health with Josie Billington, Lucy Geddes and Helen Wilson

In this episode of the Pandemic and Beyond podcast, Pascale Aebischer talks to Professor Josie Billington (University of Liverpool), Lucy Geddes (Liverpool Philharmonic) and Helen Wilson (The Reader) about the impact that restricted access to arts and culture during Covid-19 has had on mental health. Professor Billington speaks about the work that her AHRC project “COVID-19 CARE: Culture and the Arts, from Restriction to Enhancement: Protecting Mental Health in the Liverpool City Region” is undertaking to understand the relationship between access to culture and mental health in the Liverpool region, with Lucy Geddes and Helen Wilson speaking about their experiences of providing arts to communities within Liverpool during the pandemic. This podcast is part of a series recorded by Pandemic and Beyond, a project coordinating and communicating research from Arts and Humanities Research Council projects that are designed to explore and mitigate the wide-ranging impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Visit dedicated COVID-19 CARE page here .




Policy Briefs 

Responding to Covid-19 in the Liverpool City Region: The Mental Health Impact of Restricted Access to Arts and Culture 

Published by Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place, April 2021 

The Mental Health Impact of Restricted Access to Arts and Culture 

Published by Pandemic and Beyond, January 2022    

Visit dedicated COVID-19 CARE page here 


Journal articles 

Regional Innovation in Arts Provision Spawned by Covid-19: 'It became a lifeline for a lot of people who are stuck at home' 

Published by Frontiers in Public Health, January 2022 




Covid-19 CARE: one year on - posted by Josie Billington

Covid-19 CARE Arts and Culture Database - posted by Helen Bryant 

Arts and culture after lockdown: moving toward a hybrid model of provision - Posted by Tonya Anisimovich and Melissa Chapple

Covid-19 CARE project launch – Our first workshop with partners - Posted by Katia Balabanova 

Liverpool: Living in Lockdown - Posted by Megan Watkins 

A Lifeline - Posted by Joanne Worsley 

The Arts and Mental Health: Why CARE? - Posted by Josie Billington