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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 Overview Programme from the Programme tab where the full day to day programme is now available to view with links to individual sessions and speakers' biographies. 



The list of all those attending this year's conference, with the contact details they agreed to share, will be made available to all delegates very soon.



You will be able to watch videos of all our keynote speeches and debates, LIVE, as the conference is happening, via the links below.


There will be streams available for the Conference Hall and Council Chamber at City Hall, on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June.


Click on the links below to tune in!


Monday 19th June

Conference Hall:

10:15 - 10:25 Welcome by Alex Coulter

10:25 - 10:55 Opening Keynote: Duncan Selbie

10:55 - 11:20 Keynote: Dr Nayreen Daruwalla

11:20 - 11:30 Keynote: Mariantonìa Oliver

12:00 - 13:00 Performance and workshop: Mariantonìa Oliver and Grace & Growl

Click Here to watch


Council Chamber:

12:00 - 13:00 The Big Debate: What's the Big Picture? Global Health

Click Here  to watch



Tuesday 20th June 

Conference Hall:

09:45 - 10:00 Welcome by Poppy Jaman

10:00 - 10:30 Opening Keynote: Lord Howarth

10:30 - 11:00 Keynote: Fred Foote MD

11:00 - 11:30 Keynote: Dr Iona Heath

12:00 - 13:00 Medicine Unboxed (interactive session)

Click here to watch.


Council Chamber:

12:00 - 13:00 The Big Debate: What is Creativity?

Click Here to watch



Wednesday 21st June

Conference Hall:

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome by Professor Paul Dieppe

09:45 - 10:45 Keynote Performance and Discussion: Blood Sugars

12:30 - 13:00 Keynote Participatory Performance and Discussion: What Happens When We Make Music?

Click Here to watch


Council Chamber:

11:15 - 12:15 The Big Debate: What Does it all Mean?

Click Here to watch





We are no longer accepting new bookings.  Registration ended at midnight on 31st May. 


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