“Art makes you think. Art gives you pleasure. Creating art is an opportunity to understand and satisfy yourself and be well.” Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, SNEHA, Mumbai
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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. You can sign up for the newsletter to receive updates here:


During the global crisis, the arts and creativity have helped us navigate uncertainty and been agents of hope. The conference will provide a space for exploring our individual and collective experiences and articulating a vision for the future.  We will showcase inspiring work from across the globe and encourage lively debates informed by different perspectives spanning policy, research and practice, placing lived experience and co-production at the heart of the programme. 


In the face of ongoing disruption the conference will be fully digital. We will be very sad not to see you face-to-face but want to maximise the potential for a digital conference to engage people in the furthest reaches of the globe, notwithstanding inequalities in digital access and the challenges of time differences.


We are inviting you to be part of an experiment to explore the future of international conferences. In that spirit, we will be hosting regular monthly drop-in sessions from September where we can discuss and share ideas for the conference content and how we might collaborate with others to ensure access for their local communities. 


Our overarching themes are Inequality, Power and Sustainability. Submissions for digital workshops, films, performances and oral presentations are now open. The deadline for submissions is 30th November 2020. 



Our speakers, panellists and performers include Professor Pascale Allotey, Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health; Taru Koivisto, Director at the Department of Wellbeing and Services, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland; Dr Michael O’Bride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, and the team behind Our Future Foyle; and the Setúbal Music Festival Youth Ensemble, amongst others.


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


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