“I hold strongly that the arts can enhance wellbeing and health and that more needs to be done through public policy to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to benefit from the life-enhancing and therapeutic experience of the arts. We need to learn from best practice in this fields across the world.” Lord Howarth of Newport
This is the website for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference and an opportunity for the international exchange of information.
Vic McEwan, The Harmonic Oscillator: Rehearing Our Hospital Environments.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing

International Conference 2017


19th, 20th and 21st June 2017 Bristol UK


The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.



Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England

Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, Mumbai (India)

Mariantonìa Oliver, Dance artist (Mallorca)

Rt Hon Lord Howarth of Newport CBE, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (UK)

Fred Foote, doctor, veteran and poet (USA)

Dr Iona Heath, former President of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK)

Blood Sugars performance from the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (South Africa)

Vic McEwan, artist (Australia)


You can download the Draft Programme from the Programme tab. The full programme will be uploaded this week. 

Early Bird has finished. You can now purchase three day or one day tickets under the Registration tab.

Registration ends at midnight on 31st May. If we reach our maximum number of delegates before that date we will close registration early.


Information about the venues and hotels is under the Bristol tab.


If you would like to receive regular newsletters about the conference please contact us here.


Download the conference flyer here


For further information contact Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West: 




Mariantonìa Oliver, Las Muchas