“Arts and culture, such as music, dance and theatre, can play an important role throughout life in supporting people to be healthier and happier. From community projects to arts therapies in clinical settings across the country, evidence-based arts interventions are making a positive difference to people‚Äôs health and wellbeing.” Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England
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 2021


The next Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference will be on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd June 2021 in Bristol UK. You can sign up for the newsletter to receive updates here:


With the publication of the Creative Health report in 2017 and, more recently, the WHO Scoping Review: What is the Evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing, the field of arts, culture, health and wellbeing is growing in scale and profile, and we anticipate a lot of interest in the conference. Information on submitting an abstract will be available in June 2020.

We are very pleased that Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer in Northern Ireland, will give a keynote speech. Dr McBride has been closely involved in the development of the new Health and Social Care structures, including the establishment of the Public Health Agency and currently leads in the work to transform health and social services in Northern Ireland in line with their strategic plan, Health and Wellbeing 2026 – Delivering Together.

We will also hear about the wonderful Our Future Foyle project, a collaboration between the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA, the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland and Urban Scale Interventions.

We are in discussion with the Setúbal Music Festival (Portugal) about bringing their Youth Ensemble to perform at the conference, and with Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, an award-winning composer, whose  piece specially commissioned for Clarence Adoo and his newly developed Hi-Note instrument was first performed with the Ensemble in Setúbal at the 2016 Festival and repeated last month in the 2019 edition. 

There will be many inspiring presentations, performances, films and opportunities to network, learn and share. 

This conference is organised by Arts & Health South West in collaboration with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.


Climate Emergency The price of a full conference ticket will be reimbursed to the person who travels the furthest by train to be with us. 


The 2017 Culture, Health and Wellbeing International conference involved over 400 delegates and speakers from 23 countries.

“This conference has, without a doubt, changed my life. Experiencing a range of approaches has given me invaluable insight and inspiration and challenged my thinking on different areas of arts and health. I’ve also learnt a lot about myself. Met some great visionaries too.”

Conference delegate feedback. 


You can read or download the full report here as a PDF, or read it online below.

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

Conference 2017 photo galleries

If you would like hi-res versions of any of the photos, please contact us and quote the photographer and photo number as displayed beneath each one.

Image credit: Urban Scale Interventions and Public Health NI