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The Untapped Wellbeing Resource with Stephen Deuchar

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee   /  February 1, 2019

It’s no secret that we are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety. But what if there was a parallel world that offered us a different way of thinking about life? Director of the Art Fund, Stephen Deuchar, believes that museums and art galleries offer just that. He talks about the fascinating findings of a recent report that found that actively deciding to take time for cultural activities and pursuits can have a profound impact on our overall wellbeing. Stephen believes that every human could be moved by a piece of art or culture and that there is something on offer for everyone. And it needn’t take hours – even a short visit will be beneficial. After talking to Stephen, I feel inspired to explore the rich diversity that is on offer. I hope you do too!

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Episode Highlights:

  • What is the role of the Art Fund?
  • Why does Stephen believe visiting museums and galleries can be an effective a stress-reliever?
  • How can more people be encouraged to visit museums regularly?
  • Hear Stephen and Rangan discuss 21st century living and the amalgamation of work and personal time.
  • What is the social value of works of art? Read the results of Art Fund’s Calm and collected research project.
  • How has digital technology helped museums and galleries?
  • What is it about real life experiences that we crave as humans?
  • How can visiting museums and galleries combat loneliness?
  • What is a micro-visit?
  • Hear how art galleries and museums have been transformed, in recent years by the influence of contemporary artists and the popularity of their work.
  • Why are some pieces of artwork not for everyone?
  • What is National Art Pass?
  • Do more men or women visit museums and galleries?
  • Hear how Stephen believes visiting museums and galleries can be a transformative experience.
  • What are Stephen’s top tips to finding out about visiting museums and planning a trip?
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Further learning:

Calm and collected research project

Meet me at the Museum podcast

Dr Chatterjee’s resources:


DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee MbChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, MRCGP