“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’s 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 2017  

The conference was on 19th, 20th and 21st June 2017 in Bristol UK. You can still see the full programme by clicking on the programme tab above. 

The conference brought together 453 speakers and delegates 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. 


We are extremely grateful to all the speakers and contributors for providing us with such a rich and inspiring programme. Thank you to Professor Richard Parish, Poppy Jaman and Professor Paul Dieppe for being Conference Chairs and to the conference committee and trustees of Arts & Health South West, who skillfully chaired the debates and breakout sessions. Thank you also to our team of 11 host delegates who made everything run so smoothly.

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


  • 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) Keynote PDF: HERE
  • 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) and Clive Parkinson, Director Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University

Video recordings of the keynotes and debates from all three days of the conference, are now available in this Youtube Playlist: CHW Youtube Videos


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.

Mariantonìa Oliver, Las Muchas