“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.

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. Conference themes will encompass multiple art forms and will include:

  • Reducing inequalities
  • Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Creative ageing
  • Specific health conditions and care pathways including palliative care
  • Community and social development in different international contexts
  • Designing for wellbeing – services, environments, products
  • Museums, heritage and health
  • Developing national and international networks
  • Models and frameworks for co-production, commissioning, delivery and evaluation
  • Training, education and professional development
  • Open theme


Duncan Selbie, CEO of Public Health England

Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, will speak about the Dharavi Biennale in Mumbai (India)

Rt Hon Lord Howarth of Newport CBE, will present the findings of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Inquiry (UK)

Fred Foote, doctor,veteran and poet, will talk about his work with veterans and poetry (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)

Download the conference flyer here

We welcome submissions for presentations, workshops, performances and films. We particularly encourage those who have never submitted a paper before and will provide guidance on the process.


Deadline for submissions of abstracts November 20th 2016

Decision on abstracts January 2017

Early bird registration ends February 28th 2017


To find out more about abstract submission, please click here 

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

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You can access the documents from the first conference, which was in 2013, under the Conference Archive tab.