The Culture, Health and Wellbeing international exchange website is managed by Arts & Health South West
“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

About Us

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing international website is here for everyone in the international community of arts and health. Arts & Health South West manages it and is responsible for the delivery of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in collaboration with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance


The conference committee is:

Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West.

Norma Daykin, Professor in New Social Research, Tampere University Finland, and Professor Emerita, Arts in Health, UWE Bristol, UK.

Paul Camic, (Hon) Professor of Health Psychology, Dementia Research Centre, University College London

Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor/Wellcome Research Fellow, University College London.

Viv Gordon, Theatre Maker, survivor activist and arts and mental health campaigner.

Victoria Hume, Director of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

Sue Isherwood, Chair of Arts & Health South West.

Hei-Wan (Karen) Mak, Research Fellow in Quantitative Social Science, University College London

Deborah Munt, Director of Ministry of Others and board member for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

Richard Parish, Executive Chair, National Centre for Rural Health and Care and Emeritus Professor of Public Health, University of Chester.

Julia Puebla Fortier, DrPH Programme, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Research Associate, Arts & Health South West

Theo Stickley, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health, University of Nottingham.

Jane Willis, Director of Willis Newson

Hayley Youell, Conference Assistant and Coordinator of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance


Arts & Health South West is a learning, advocacy, networking and development organisation. It is a free membership organisation and has approximately 2000 members including health professionals and organisations, artists and arts organisations. We are core funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.