“I firmly believe that the arts can assist in addressing a number of difficult and pressing policy challenges including ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health. The arts can help keep us well and be part of creating a healthy society. The time has come to recognise the powerful contribution they can make to our health and wellbeing.” Lord Howarth of Newport


The programme for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference is now confirmed. Below you can read biographies of all the contributors to sessions.

Aholainen, Mari
Mari Aholainen (born 1970), MA, works as a Director of Cultural Services of Jyväskylä City in Finland. In this position she has worked since 2011. Before this duty she worked as a director of Recreational Services of Pieksämäki City and before that as a director of Arts Centre in Hämeenlinna. Studies PhD Student in Cultural Policy, University of Jyväskylä MA, University of Jyväskylä. Current employer: City of Jyväskylä. Interests: Cultural politics, art-based elderly care, administration,literature, children´s culture, participation.

Arakelian, Dalida
Dalida Arakelian is the Founder & Executive Director of Mindful Music at UCLA, an interdisciplinary program designed to create musical performances for wellness & healing. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Health from UCLA. As a classically-trained pianist, she debuted with an orchestra at age 13 and 17, and continued to privately study piano with Walter Ponce, distinguished faculty, at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Dalida was a featured TedX UCLA speaker where she shared the idea behind Mindful Music in her talk titled, “The Power of Music in Unexpected Places.” In her free time she enjoys playing the piano, watercoloring, and exploring nature.

Astill, Sarah
Sarah Astill is a lecturer in Motor Control in the School of Biomedical Sciences, at the University of Leeds. Sarahs research is centred on examining how we control and learn motor skills. Using motion capture, surface EMG, and brain stimulation paradigms, Sarah investigates how movement control changes, with age or disease and how this might inform rehabilitation. In recent years, her interest in how exercise, such as dance, maintains motor function has grown. Her current work includes investigating how dance can be used to prevent falls in older adults, and improve balance control in children with cerebral palsy.

Baker, Bobby
Bobby Baker is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist acclaimed for producing radical work of outstanding quality across disciplines including performance, drawing and multi-media. Bakers touring exhibition Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me 1997-2008 premiered at the Wellcome Collection in 2009. The accompanying book of the same name won MIND Book of the Year 2011. Bobby Baker is the Artistic Director of Daily Life Ltd, part of Arts Council England National Portfolio, and occupies a uniquely expert professional and personal position in the worlds of both the arts and mental health. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by QMUL, 2011.

Biglino, Giovanni
Giovanni Biglino is a Lecturer at the Bristol Heart Institute. He has a background in biomedical engineering (Imperial College London, Brunel Institute for Bioengineering) and biostatistics (Harvard Medical School). His research looks at different aspects of congenital heart disease and he is keen to develop collaborations where medical technology meets public engagement, narrative medicine and the arts.

Billington, Josie
Dr Josie Billington is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS) at the University of Liverpool and has published extensively on the power of literary reading to influence mental health (most recently published book Is Literature Healthy? OUP, 2016).

Bladon, Georgia
Georgia has managed public and community engagement projects at organisations spanning from the Wellcome Trust to the European Space Agency. Her time is currently shared between managing the community engagement network Mesh - which supports good practice in community engagement with health research in low- and middle-income countries by mapping need, providing resources, and building networks - and running the public engagement programme for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol.

Boyce, Louise
Louise Boyce is employed with Derry City and Strabane District council since 2015 as Access and Inclusion Coordinator. In this time many innovative initiatives have been implemented to create good practise models and support the pan disability community. Within the next three years of the Access and Inclusion programme, emphasis will continue to be given to mainstreaming arts and disability. Louise has over 13 years experience working with hard to reach, marginalised communities in a range of capacities whilst also having a BSc Community Development Degree and just completing MSc in Management at Ulster University.

Brazener, Lucy
Lucy Brazener is currently the Adult mental health child safeguarding manager for Southwark. She has managed the Parental Mental Team since 2011 and she is registered mental health nurse. She has developed a keen interest in Arts and health and how arts and health can work in partnership to engage vulnerable families.

Broome, Emma
Emma is involved in the evaluation of the Imagine Arts programme, which encourages partnerships between care providers and arts organisations to deliver a programme of arts to people living in residential care. She has an Honours BA Cum Laude with a Major in Psychology and English and an MSc in Mental Health. Her MSc project was a review of the effectiveness of music therapy in dementia. Emma has experience assisting and implementing a music group for residents in a long term care facility and currently volunteers at a community Memory Café supporting people with dementia together with their carers.

Brown, Ali
I am a Visual Artist and Social Maker. I create objects, moments and installations with people; through collaboration we create a space to explore ideas and tell our stories. These collaborations happen in creative workshops, interventions and gatherings and result in work for galleries, public spaces, and community settings. My work is about connecting the threads that join us all and marveling at the magic that happens where they meet.

Bungay, Hilary
Hilary has contributed to a wide range of research projects exploring the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing. She is currently collaborating on an ACE funded project with the Arts Development Unit at Essex County Council exploring the role of participatory arts in enhancing the social relationships of older people in residential care homes. In addition, she is also supervising the evaluation of an Arts on Prescription programme for young people taking place in schools to promote mental wellbeing and resilience. The programme is provided by the charity Arts and Minds and funded by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Bunt, Leslie
Professor Leslie Bunt FRSA is a registered music therapist (Health & Care Professions Council) currently practising at Penny Brohn UK as Lead Arts Therapist (project). Leslie trained in 1976 in music therapy with Juliette Alvin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 1985 he gained the first PhD in music therapy (City) in a British university and in 1992 set up the first part-time training in music therapy (University of Bristol) while Founding Director of The MusicSpace Trust (1989-2006), a charity that set up community-based centres in various parts of the UK and Italy, where Leslie had been teaching regularly since 1982. In 2006 the Bristol course, now as a MA, moved to the University of the West of England, Bristol where he is currently Professor in Music Therapy, the first such post in a British university. Leslie publishes widely and presents at national and international conferences (see workshop biography). Leslie was awarded an MBE for 'services to music therapy (June 2009) and in 2008 a 'special commendation for contributions in the field of music and health research (Royal Society for Public Health). Leslie was Musical Director of Bristol Opera Company (1990-7); Bristol Phoenix Choir (1998-2012) and Founder Director of the chamber group AMICI (1986 – present).

Burke, Elaine
Elaine is a clinical specialist in child, adolescent and family mental health, and was Head of Art Therapy for Specialist Childrens NHS Services across Hull and East Riding. Subsequently, as a senior manager within the public health team across the Hull and East Riding NHS family, she established the Arts and Health Service in 2000 – the first of its kind in the NHS. She now works independently, focussing on community-based work and partnering with private companies to develop new approaches to supporting wellbeing through the arts. Work includes: schools healthcare programmes; public art commissions; business and arts commissions; arts and health evaluation; organisational development.

Burscough, Lucy
Lucy Burscough is a painter and film-maker with an interest in biomedical science and the part that art can play in maintaining good mental health and in promoting lifestyle choices that allow us to thrive. For more than a decade she has led numerous 'arts for health' engagement projects, collaborating with renowned galleries and museums. She has gone on to design and deliver several artist-initiated hospital-based residences that explore 'Production as Performance as arts for health practice. 'Who Cares?', developed with The Whitworth Art Gallery, was awarded a Royal Society for Public Health Arts Award for Outstanding Practice.

Camic, Paul
Paul Camic is a clinical health psychologist, professor of psychology and public health at Canterbury Christ Church University, and one of the co-directors of Created Out of Mind dementia Hub at the Wellcome Collection. His research interests include investigating the social and psychological impact of community-based programmes involving the arts/galleries/museums with older people and those with dementia. Paul is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, founding co-executive editor of the journal Arts & Health and Co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing (Oxford Univ. Press, 2016). Twitter: @PaulCamic

Camlin, Dave
Dr. Dave Camlin is a singer / song-writer / educator / researcher whose professional work spans performance, composition, teaching, management, research, and the development of creative human capital. His doctoral studies outlined an integrative model of 'music in three dimensions arising from the evolution of Sage Gatesheads artistic programme, and his research interests focus on the humanising nature of music-making, specifically the benefits of group singing; musician training and Community Music (CM). He is currently Head of Higher Education and Research at Sage Gateshead, where he is also senior lecturer on the organisations undergraduate music programmes.

Campion, Louise
Louise worked as a secondary school art teacher for 10 years before joining Bath and North East Somersets School Improvement Team. She developed a number of 'Arts in Health initiatives in schools and community groups using creativity to promote emotional health and well-being. She has also worked as a freelance evaluator, leading the evaluation for a major Comic Relief project to reduce violence in teenage relationships. As Learning and Community Engagement Officer, she manages the Holburne Museums Pathways to Wellbeing Programme funded by the Big Lottery. This creates opportunities for people who have experience of mental health issues, homelessness and social isolation to engage with museums. She is currently completing a post-graduate dissertation on Museums and Wellbeing.

Cape, Karen
Karen Cape is the Activities Coordinator at Townsend House, a residential and nursing home for older people within the Order of St Johns Care Trust. She has been working with older people for the past 12 years and believes life does not end when you come into care, its just another chapter in your life. Karen provides meaningful and stimulating activity for others on a daily basis from reminiscence, crafts, Gentlemans club, gardening, choir, poetry and much more. She has strong links with the local community and tries to involve them in residents daily lives by inviting people to attend events held within the home, with trips out and attendance at lots of local clubs.

Casey, Alex
Alex Casey is Co-Director of Suffolk Artlink – a participatory arts charity that develops and delivers inclusive arts programmes that bring change to peoples lives. She has an MA in Arts Management from Anglia Ruskin University and took part in the Clore Leadership short course in 2015. Alex is also a Trustee of The Cut Arts Centre and Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company.

Caulfield, Laura
Dr Laura Caulfield is Assistant Dean (Research & Postgraduate) at Bath Spa University. Laura specialises in the role of the arts and creative activities with challenging and vulnerable groups. Her work was instrumental in challenging government policy on restrictions to arts activities in prisons, has influenced the practice of arts programmes working with offenders, and developed methodological approaches in seeking to evidence the impact of the arts. Laura is an expert in research methods: a new edition of her 'Criminological Research for Beginners text will be published by Routledge in 2018.

Champ, Jack
Designer, researcher and photographer based in Brighton, UK. Studied architecture BA(hons) and MArch at the University of Brighton before undertaking a PhD at Kingston University, supported by the London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc). Ongoing research focuses on using a variety of design methods to innovate in the field of substance misuse and develop tools which use creativity as a central element in the recovery process.

Charitonos, Koula
Dr Koula Charitonos is a Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University. Her research interests include the role of technology in transforming learning and engagement within culture and heritage.

Chatterjee, Helen
Helen Chatterjee is a Professor of Biology in UCL Biosciences and Head of Research and Teaching in UCL Culture. Her research interests include the value of cultural encounters in health, wellbeing and education. Helen co-founded the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and has published numerous articles and three books. She is Principal Investigator on Museums on Prescription which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Ref: AH/L012987/1).

Chen, Sharon
Sharon leads the development of access programmes at the Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum. Her pilot programme on museum-based programme for elderly on long-term care is recognized as one of the top 20 Best Practice in ICOM-CECA 2015 and is cited as an exemplary programme in Singapores 3rd Enabling Masterplan (2017 – 2021), which provides a blueprint for the development of policies for persons with disability in Singapore. Sharon is also part of a working group to develop museum guidelines and research on access programmes in Singapore. Her other portfolio includes volunteer management and developing programmes for secondary school students.

Clancy, Marie
Marie Clancy is a children's nurse by background and now works as a nurse lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She still works clinically in paediatric palliative care and teaches a third year child branch module on long term conditions and end of life care in which this session originated. Marie is also studying for her PhD which aims to explore and understand the experiences of paediatric palliative care for asylum seeker/refugee families using arts based methodologies.

Clift, Stephen
Stephen Clift is Professor of Health Education and Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University. The De Haan Research Centre, established in 2005 has made original contributions to research and practice on the value of singing for people with enduring mental health challenges and older people with chronic respiratory illness, dementia and Parkinson's.

Coaten, Richard
Richard is a dancer and dance movement psychotherapist with 30 years experience working with older people. He works for the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust running a Dance Movement Psychotherapy Service, and is passionate about movement and dance with people with memory problems and their carers. He has studied, practised, researched and published on the subject for many years; is a Churchill Fellow, and ADMP(UK) delegate to the European Association of Dance Movement Therapy. He founded and co-ordinates the first Centre of Excellence in Movement Dance & Dementia in the world, and travels extensively disseminating his work.

Coles, Ali
Ali is an Art Psychotherapist for 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire ( She works with adults who have complex psychological difficulties, both individually and within groups. She previously worked in the museum sector and has a particular interest in the use of museums, galleries and other cultural and environmental resources within art psychotherapy. She was the co-founder of the British Association of Art Therapists Museums and Galleries Special Interest Group ( She is also a Lecturer in Art Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales (

Collinson, Penny
Penny Collinson, MA, Dip IBMT, RSME, is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the Living Body, an ISMETA Approved Training Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. She teaches internationally and has taught and presented in various Conferences and Gatherings. Penny holds a Diploma from the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT) and is now an external assessor. She is on the steering group of the Knowing Body Network, and is engaged in research and teaching across disciplines, developing collaborations with colleagues in Health, Social Work, and the Psycho-social Research Team, as well as with external partners.

Conlon, Rosalind
Rosalind Conlon is Producer (specialising in dance and arts and health) for Activate Performing Arts in Dorset. She has been working in dance and arts and health projects as an independent producer and practitioner for 25 years.

Cooper, Lyz
Lyz Cooper has been working with therapeutic sound since 1994 and founded The British Academy of Sound Therapy – the first training establishment to offer recognised qualifications in sound therapy in 2000. She is dedicated to integrating therapeutic sound into mainstream healthcare, education and corporate settings. Lyz has an MA.Ed and an MSc in Applied Music Psychology and is a fellow of the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine. Lyzs latest book 'What is Sound Healing? (Watkins) won the 'Alternate Healing category at the Body, Mind, Spirit book awards in 2016.

Cort, Julia
Julia Cort is the Community Learning Manager at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, responsible for access and the family, community engagement and adult learning programmes. She is expert in making museums accessible spaces, object based learning and collaborative working with community partners. She has worked as a consultant for various museums and heritage sites, helping them to attract and include a more diverse visitor demographic. She has facilitated access to museums by mental health initiatives within museums since 2008 and trained in the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment in 2013. She is committed to museums becoming spaces for respite and recovery.

Costello, Suzanne
Suzanne Costello joined Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater in New York City in 1979 and became its Artistic Co-Director in 1984. SPDT has been at the forefront of the Arts & Healthcare field since introducing its signature program, Caring for the Caregiver℠, in 1992. They have presented hundreds of programs nationally and internationally for caregivers of all kinds. Their work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for “Best Practices” and by The Kennedy Center as a “National Model.” SPDT has been lauded for its unique interdisciplinary approach to creating and presenting performance work that speaks to the human condition.

Cox, Susan
Susan is a qualitative health researcher and ethicist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her recent research focuses on the rapidly growing field of arts and health, especially the use of the arts as a method of doing health research. She currently collaborates on projects employing visual methods, poetic inquiry, and theatre. She recently led a multi-site project on the experiences of human participants in health research and, through collaboration with colleagues in Melbourne, Susan is engaged in projects focusing on the ethical implications of visual and other innovative methodologies.

Crossen-White, Holly
Dr Holly Crossen-White has a keen interest in community based services that deliver health and social care. The main focus of her research has been upon how different agencies come together to deliver new initiatives. This has included evaluating, from a service users perspective, the effectiveness of interagency partnerships in delivering new services. Other public health work undertaken has included several projects working in partnership with the RSPB within Dorset. The most recent work has been in relation to the Stour Valley project which was the focus of a Bournemouth University Festival of Learning event during June 2016.

D'Aeth, Lucy
Dr Lucy D'Aeth works as a public health specialist for the Canterbury District Health Board in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since the 2010-2011 earthquakes, much of her work has focused on psychosocial recovery and wellbeing promotion. Having experienced many thousands of aftershocks, Lucy is sick of earthquakes but can attest to the value of population-wide mental health promotion campaigns.

D'Souza, Caroline
Caroline DSouza is Creative Arts Development Manager for Jewish Care. Caroline has a qualification in social work and BA in social sciences and has a background working within social care and the charity sector, supporting vulnerable adults and children with a range of needs and backgrounds. In 2003 she qualified from Royal Holloway with an MA in Documentary film. She has continued to develop her interest in creative work and social care, by aligning these interests through her work within the community arts sector. She is a strong advocate of a collaborative approach between artists and social/health care professionals and the power of the arts on health and wellbeing.

Darvill, Timothy
Professor Timothy Darvill OBE, Professor of Archaeology, Bournemouth University, Human Henge research lead. Tim is a pre-historian who has undertaken pioneering research into the history and development of Stonehenge and other related Neolithic monuments. He chairs Cotswold Archaeology and the Alexander Keiller Museum Avebury Advisory Board.

Dawson, Evan
Evan Dawson is Executive Director of Live Music Now, the charity founded by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in 1977. The LMN scheme supports 350 professional musicians each year, throughout the UK, to work in a variety of outreach settings including care homes, hospitals, special schools and communities. They work with leading academics to ensure their practice is evidence-based, and share resources throughout the arts sector, throughout the world. Evan will be joined by Professor Stephen Clift, of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University. Stephen is one of the foremost arts and health academics in the world, with a particular expertise in the various clinical impacts of group singing.

Day, Allison
My name is Allison Day. I have been a nurse for 32 years and currently work as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. I also have a background in philosophy and the arts, notably film, as well as pursuing my own writing projects which include a memoir, poetry and short stories. I am a longstanding member of the Arts Committee at Musgrove, and have been involved in many events and fund-raising ventures during the last 12 years. In the past I have also run a small vintage tea party business with my husband, a tweed cycling group and am now in my 11th year as a member of the Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club.

Daykin, Norma
Norma Daykin is Professor of Arts as Wellbeing at the University of Winchester and Professor Emerita at the University of the West of England. She has an extensive track record of research and publication, having twice received the RSPH Award for her contributions to arts and health research. She is a co-investigator on the What Works for Wellbeing Culture and Sport Evidence Review Programme and an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. She recently led the Creative and Credible evaluation development project with Willis Newson and she is the author of the Arts and Health Evaluation Framework published by Public Health England and coproduced with Aesop. She is also executive co-editor of Arts & Health: An international journal for research, policy and practice published by Taylor Francis.

de Vet, Marthe
Marthe de Vet is Head of Education & Interpretation of the Van Gogh Museum. She is responsible for the targeted interpretation of all collections, exhibitions and research at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Marthe studied art history and worked in the Mauritshuis. Her main goal in her career is to increase accessibility of museums

den Breejen, Esther
Esther den Breejen works (freelance) in the field of Creative Ageing for various clients: funds, art institutions (museums) and social initiatives. Her main goal is to provide support and sustainability and increase co-operations between art, health and wellbeing.

Dowlen, Robyn
Robyn in an ESRC funded PhD student based at the University of Manchester, whose research focuses around using participatory approaches to understand the experiences of people living with dementia when they engage with music. Robyns research focuses on Manchester Cameratas Music in Mind project: a music-therapy based program for people living with dementia which focuses around improvisation and creativity. Robyn has a particular interest in using visual methods in order to understand the embodied, multisensory experiences of people living with dementia.

Drysdale, Laura
Laura Drysdale: Director of the Restoration Trust, Human Henge project manager. Laura worked in heritage before supporting marginalised people with mental health problems. The Restoration Trust runs 'culture therapy' partnership projects involving participants with archaeology, archives, museum collections, contemporary art and music.

Duncan, Kate
Kate Duncan is Creative Programme Manager at City Arts (UK, Nottingham) and specialises in socially engaged arts. Particular interests are the Arts, Health and Well-being, where she has developed a strong arts programme that supports marginalised communities. Project participants include older people, adults and young people with emotional health and wellbeing needs. It is essential that the outcomes of this work are researched and evaluated; this is achieved in partnership with the University of Nottingham. Kate gained a Masters Degree in Arts, Health and Wellbeing and has published several papers and research documents based on this area of work.

Eades, Guy
Guy Eades is Manager of Healing Arts, the arts and health department of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust which has been providing and developing arts and health projects for healthcare settings since 1986. For the range of projects developed for different healthcare settings view

Early, Fergus
After an early career in ballet, contemporary dance and New Dance, Fergus founded Green Candle Dance Company in 1987, working, for and with children, young people and older adults. The company works extensively with people living with dementia in hospitals, care homes, day centres and at its base in East London. Green Candle runs an accredited training course for leading dance with older people and specially designed short training courses for dancers and health workers. In 2009 he was awarded an OBE for services to dance and in 2011 he received an honorary Doctorate from De Montfort University. He is the co-author with Jacky Lansley of a book, The Wise Body: Conversations with Experienced Dancers.

Ellis-Hill, Caroline
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University. Areas of interest: lifeworld-led approaches, humanisation, health and wellbeing. Research focus: exploring links between creativity, sense of self, the lifeworld and humanisation (what makes me feel human). Over the last six years Caroline has worked alongside artists, exploring philosophy underpinning human sciences, embodied knowing and the central role of creativity in supporting identity transformation. She has recently led a successful nationally funded feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial of an Arts for Health group intervention to support self-confidence and psychological wellbeing following a stroke.

Fairburn, Sue
Sue Fairburn is a Design Futures Lecturer at Grays School of Art. Educated in Western Canada, her knowledge base crosses into design and health. In 2005, she relocated to Scotland for a post in international health with Immpact (global maternal health project). As Immpacts evidence base grew, she found herself in Knowledge exchange; looking at how to ensure their research was taken up through traditional routes, as well as through advocacy and cultural engagement. Her research interests include design for extremes, knowledge exchange and collaborative practices. She has worked with epidemiologists, astronauts, architects, entrepreneurs, engineers and food futurists.

Fancourt, Daisy
Daisy Fancourt is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Performance Science, a partnership of Imperial College and the Royal College of Music. Her research focuses on the effects of arts participation on neuroendocrine and immune response, the use of the arts within clinical settings, and the impact of cultural funding in the UK on public health. Daisy studied at Oxford University and Kings College London before completing a PhD in psychoneuroimmunology at UCL. Her work has won over a dozen awards including the British Science Association Jacob Bronowski Award and a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, and she is currently a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker.

Farquharson, Yvonne
Yvonne is a social entrepreneur who has specialised in designing, developing and delivering arts and health programmes for the NHS since 2008. After working in a variety of roles for the BBC, and then as Performing Arts Manager for Guys & St Thomas Charity, Yvonne founded Breathe Arts Health Research in 2012. Yvonne has gained international recognition and received multiple awards for her work in the arts and health sector. She has co-authored papers published in peer-reviewed medical journals and frequently speaks at conferences and events globally. Under Yvonnes leadership, Breathe has won a number of prestigious awards - most recently NHS England selected Breathe as the winner of national rehabilitation award 2016. Breathe is now a recognised service provider to our National Health Service.

Farrington, Grace
Dr Grace Farrington (former AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Holder), was Research Assistant on the reading and chronic pain study (CRILS, Liverpool), and is now Specialist Practice Mentor for The Reader.

Flynn, Zoe
Zoe graduated from Westminster University with a B.A. in Photography, Film and Video. She worked in the T.V. industry before setting up her own company Eyesaw Productions, working as film maker/editor, specialising in social documentaries, multi-media projects and digital video training. Co Director of Salmagundi Films since 2004, Zoe is passionate about empowering communities to use the language of film and digital media for positive communication. Salmagundi Films pioneered the use of stop frame animation as a therapeutic communication and life story tool for people living with dementia; using significant personal objects and photographs as a catalyst for narrative, participants literally animate their memories to life. This concept has been registered, Frames Of Mind®.

Forde, Emer
Dr Emer Forde graduated with a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology before deciding to retrain as a doctor. She graduated with a MBChB (Hons) from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1997 and then moved to Poole where she now works as a GP. Emer is a Programme Director on the Dorset GP training scheme and has been collaborating with local artists to enhance medical education, and the wellbeing and professional development of doctors, through the Arts. This has included photography workshops, creative writing, textiles, literature and museum exhibitions.

Forsey, Philippa
Philippa Forsey is a Manager of Creative Wellbeing Services for Creativity Works. Interest in supporting the sustainability of creative groups has led to the co-creation of a Toolkit to support peer led groups and participatory research with UWE and Bath University. Lynda Tweedie is an artist and volunteer member of Creative Perspectives creative peer support group in Bath. Tom Cook is a writer and volunteer member of Writing Space creative peer led group in Bath. Dr Justin Rogers and Megan Robb are from the University of Bath and have an interest in community based participatory research and public engagement.

Fountain, Helen
Helen Fountain has a background in Social Care having previously worked in roles with young people, homeless people and commissioning and monitoring housing services for older people. Helen has been working in the Museum sector since 2006 and completed a Museums Studies MA in 2009. Helen took up the role of Reminiscence Officer at Oxford University Museums Partnership in 2009, this has offered fantastic opportunities to devise and deliver museum services to older people including those living with Dementia across the Oxford University Museums Partnership and also in community settings.

Francis, Sally
Sally Francis is Arts Coordinator, Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia, one of the largest hospital-based arts in health program in Australia. She has a background in community health, visual arts practice and arts management. Following a Churchill Fellowship in 2007, Sally has gone on to mentor arts and health programs and practitioners throughout Australia. She was involved in development of the South Australian Arts and Health Partnership Agreement in 2008 and the National Arts and Health Framework in 2013. She is Co-Chair, South Australian Arts and Health Leadership Group and Ambassador, Institute for Creative Health (national).

Franklin Gould, Veronica
Veronica Franklin Gould (A4D president) founded Arts 4 Dementia in 2011 to help develop and co-ordinate learning programmes at arts venues to re-energise and inspire people affected by early stage dementia and carers. She worked with Alzheimers Society and Dementia Pathfinders to develop early-stage dementia awareness training programmes to underpin workshop programmes run by arts facilitators around the UK, across wide-ranging art forms. Her conferences showcase best practice in arts and dementia. Her Reawakening the Mind (2013) evaluation provides models for multiple arts programmes. Music Reawakening (2015) highlights the range of music for early to mid stage dementia around the UK.

Froggett, Lynn
Lynn Froggett is Professor and Director of the Psychosocial Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. She has a background in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her current relevant research interests include the socially engaged arts in Health, Welfare and Community Settings, with a strong focus on creative and visual research methodologies, for subjects of extreme sensitivity. Recent arts and health work has focussed on Mental Health, Amnesia and Dementia, chronic pain, impotence, breast cancer, death and dying, alcohol misuse; also the role of museums and cultural institutions in promoting health, Health Trainers, community based Public Health programmes and healthy spaces.

Fullagar, Simone
Prof. Simone Fullagar is a researcher within the Physical Cultural Studies group at the University of Bath. This is a collaborative project between Simone, Dr. Stephanie Merchant and Ms Lisa May Thomas University of Bath, University of Bath and University of Bristol.

Gallagher, Wendy
Wendy Gallagher is Arts and Health Partnership Manager within the Learning and Engagement departments at the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester. Wendy leads their partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has developed a range of health and culture programmes that are delivered in both clinical and museum settings.

Goldingay, Sarah
Sarah Goldingay, Ph.D, FHEA, FRSA is a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter. Trained as an actor, she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2 & 4 and a trans-disciplinary scholar whose work has been published in the fields of drama, religion and spirituality, psychiatry and medicine. She explores the relationship of healing to culture, context and meaning-making and how the enactment of the clinical encounter is a key factor determining a persons response to any medical intervention.

Gordon, Jon
Jon Lincoln Gordon is a Painter and Printmaker. He has been Head of Art at several secondary schools and Team leader for Art and craft tutors in Adult and Community learning, as well as lead artist for Superact, working in care settings throughout the South West. He has devised projects to create opportunities for older people to express themselves, be stimulated and feel achievement. His work helps develop better communication between people with dementia and the carers and gives them a chance to develop their skills and understanding. Projects have continuity and development as a basis for sustaining wellbeing.

Grady, Maggie
Maggie Grady qualified as a music therapist in 2008, after completing her MA at University of the West of England under Professor Leslie Bunt. Since qualifying, Maggie has worked for two charities; MusicSpace, working with children and teenagers with a variety of additional needs, and Mindsong, delivering music therapy for people experiencing dementia. With a particular passion in reaching people with advanced dementia, Maggie recently led on a collaborative project with Gloucestershire NHS Cultural Commissioning Group, bringing music therapy to people experiencing advanced dementia and 'challenging behaviour. As well as her clinical work, Maggie leads the therapy team at Mindsong.

Gray, Karen
Karen Gray is engaged in doctoral research within the The Arts and Dementia (TAnDem) Doctoral Training Centre, a collaboration between the Universities of Worcester and Nottingham funded by the Alzheimer's Society. She is based at the University of Worcester and is exploring the methodological challenges involved in evaluating arts-based activities for people with dementia, with the aim of highlighting possible solutions for evaluative practice. An experienced evaluator of arts and health activity, between 2012-2015 she was Research and Evaluation Manager for Willis Newson, a leading UK arts and health consultancy. Karen holds a first degree and doctorate in Literature from Cambridge University.

Green, Sarah
Sarah Green is a community-based arts practitioner working in collaboration with local arts organisation, Charnwood Arts. She holds a BA in Fine Art and MA Art in the Public Sphere from Loughborough University. In 2015 Sarah was awarded a fully funded research studentship from The School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University. Her current research explores the therapeutic use of textile craft processes and its potential to improve mens wellbeing. As part of her practice she established ManCraft, an all-male community-based textile craft group, which takes place once a week at Charnwood Arts.

Gregory, Kim
Kim co-founded Hoot in 2002, drawing on experience in community arts management alongside training and practice in Arts & Mental Health and Psychotherapy. Areas of expertise and interest include participative arts for health and wellbeing benefits, and evaluation and measuring progress co-productively. She has a passion for dance and singing.

Griffiths, Susan
Susan Griffiths works as the Community Engagement Officer for the Oxfordshire University Museums Partnership, including the Ashmolean, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and the Museum of Natural History. Her current role involves engaging with a wide variety of audiences who have difficulties physically accessing the museums or who are not currently museum visitors. This is achieved through outreach activities and projects within the museums, including the HLF-funded Sensing Culture project in partnership with the RNIB.

Guglani, Sam
Sam Guglani is a consultant clinical oncologist in Cheltenham, specialising in the management of lung and brain tumours. He is chair of the hospital Law & Ethics group and Director of Medicine Unboxed. His poetry has been anthologised in The Charnel House (Bridgedoor Press, 2014), A Long White Thread of Words (SmokeStack, 2016), Orpheus and Eurydice (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) and published by Shearman and The Harlequin. His column, The Notes, is published by The Lancet. Histories, his debut fiction, will be published by River Run (Quercus Books) in November 2017.

Hall, Susannah
Susannah Hall is Head of Arts at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. Predominantly responsible for the participatory and engagement programme, she shares the Head of Arts role with Isobel Manning. She is a highly experienced arts professional, specialising in children, education and health, with previous management roles at the Barbican, English National Opera and London CLC. Freelance project management and consultancy includes work with Southbank Centre, British Film Institute, Arts Council England, Trinity College London, Arts Admin, Arts Inform and Look Ahead Housing and Care.

Hall, Katherine
Dr Katherine Hall is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand. A citizen of both Australia and New Zealand, she completed her medical training at the University of Sydney. She almost completed her specialist training in intensive care medicine but was 'intellectually seduced into bioethics completing her PhD on ethics and intensive care decision-making in 2000. She is also a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and works in general practice one day a week. Apart from ethics and decision making her other major research interests are medically unexplained symptoms and medical humanities and she is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classics. She is currently researching chronic fatigue and also a(nother) new theory for the death of Alexander the Great.

Hamblin, Kate
Kate Hamblin joined the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing in 2009 and has worked on several studies exploring the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing, including a project for the Dulwich Picture Gallery which examined the Gallerys outreach programme. The publication based on the findings ('“This is Living”- Good Times: Art for Older People at Dulwich Picture Gallery) won the Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Research Award in 2011. She has also worked on a project for the British Museum, exploring the impact of population ageing on their audience.

Hetherington, Janet
Janet works in the fields of community and participatory arts and community engagement. Her professional practice with organisations including Save the Children UK and the NHS, has explored the role creativity can play in social and political change. She has a specialised pratice in arts and health, and she established the Arts Programme at Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is a Director of Creative Health CIC and Friction Arts. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University and is conducting a doctoral study exploring what constitutes a business case for arts and health.

Holland, Anthea
Anthea Holland studied medicine and was for some twenty five years a Gloucestershire general medical practitioner. She then oversaw a pilot project and became medical director of Great Oaks Day Hospice. This led her to investigate meaningful palliative care for people with dementia. A keen choral singer, Anthea sings with Gloucester Choral Society, of which she is a vice- president. Piloting a music therapy for dementia project for the Three Choirs Festival resulted in Mindsong – Music for Dementia, now a thriving charity working with upwards of 2,500 people affected by dementia each year; she is its clinical and creative director.

Holt, Nicola
Nicola Holt is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where she has been a faculty member since 2008. She has research interests in creativity, the arts and wellbeing, and runs a module entitled The Arts and Mental Health. Her PhD, at the University of Northampton, explored the relationship between creativity and altered states of consciousness, and she subsequently worked as a research fellow at the Anomalous Experiences Research Unit at the University of York. Nicola has published over 40 books, chapters and articles on the topics of creativity, consciousness and anomalous experiences.

Howard, Alison
Alison produces the State wide Arts and Health program for Country Arts SA, working across regional South Australia to increase opportunities for social connection using arts and culture as a means to improve health and wellbeing, creating pathways to resilience. Originally from the UK, Alison trained in community theatre and theatre in Education with Greenwich Young Peoples Theatre (GYPT) before studying at Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama. This background in performance as a director and producer continues to influence and inspire her work developing arts initiatives that benefit the health of individuals in community and health care settings.

Huet, Val
Val trained in sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and qualified as an Art Therapist in 1986. Val is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the British Association of Art Therapists, a post she has held since 2003. Between 2004 and 2014, Val was the Chair of Claremont, an award-winning project providing arts therapies, arts for health and wellbeing activities to older people. Val has been a board member of the London Arts in Health Forum since 2011. In 2015, Val completed a PhD on art therapy groups for work-related stress. Vals art practice remains active and at present focusses on life drawing and sculpture.

Hume, Victoria
Victoria Hume is a singer-songwriter and composer, as well as an arts manager and researcher specialising in the meeting points between the arts, medicine and health. She is currently based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, working with the medical humanities initiative at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research), the Health Communication Research Unit, and the Wits School of Arts. Before this she was an arts manager in the NHS for 15 years. She recently received a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. Her most recent EP, Closing (released on Lost Map records), featured on Lauren Lavernes best of 2016 playlist (BBC Radio 6 Music).

Ifan, Gwawr
Dr Gwawr Ifan graduated with a BMus from Bangor University in 2007 and went on to complete a PhD focussing on music in health and well-being in Wales. She has worked as a music lecturer at Bangor University for the last five years. During this time, Gwawr has worked with Pontio Arts Centre to develop intergenerational music programmes for school pupils and people with dementia. She is interested in investigating the role that music has to play in bridging the gap between higher education institutions and local communities, and is keen to explore innovative ways of capturing the social impact of music-making.

Istvandity, Lauren
Dr Lauren Istvandity is a cultural sociologist with research interests in the areas of popular music, music and memory, and music and well-being at the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University, Australia. She is currently engaged in an industry postdoctoral project that connects music and reminiscence therapy to increase the well-being of people in aged care, and has previously contributed to projects focused on music-making in migrant and refugee populations. Additionally, she works on projects in popular music heritage and is the co-editor of an upcoming Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage.

Jensen, Anita
Dr. Anita Jensen, PhD, Center for Arts, Culture and Health, Aalborg University, Denmark. Research focus areas are: interdisciplinary collaborations in arts and health, participatory arts and cultural activities for health and wellbeing and currently working to promote the arts and health field in Denmark.

Johnson, Julia
Julia Johnson is a researcher, lecturer and photographer currently working towards a practice-based PhD at the University of the Arts London: London College of Communication. Her research enquiries approach the fields of participatory arts programmes, photography and mental health. Julias established practice includes producing multimedia 'films and photographic projects, developed from working with diverse marginalised communities: soldiers who have experienced issues such as homelessness, alcoholism, or entered the criminal justice system in the aftermath of conflict; Slovakian Roma communities, Vietnamese Refugee communities and Eastern European migrant workers. She also works part-time as an associate photography lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Johnstone, Fiona
Dr. Fiona Johnstone is an Associate Research Fellow in the Art History Department at Birkbeck (University of London), where she is working on a number of projects, including an exhibition of works from the Adamson Collection, Mr. A Moves in Mysterious Ways, on display at the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, from 15 May to 25 July 2017. Additionally, she is working on two books for I.B. Tauris: a monograph Representing AIDS: Portraits and Self-Portraits during the AIDS Crisis in America, and an edited volume, Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait. She teaches at Central St Martins and Middlesex University.

Jones, Andrew
Dr Andrew Jones is a consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Hospital Trust. He has championed the provision of Shared Reading in the pain clinic at Broadgreen Hospital for the last five years.

Karpavičiūtė, Simona
Dr. Simona Karpavičiūtė, arts for health researcher and creative thinker at NGO “Socialiniai meno projektai”. PhD in Biomedicine (Public health) at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Subjects of interest include: arts for health, the impact of arts activity/creativity on well-being, occupational well-being (with the main focus on the health care staff well-being at work, doi:10.3390/ijerph13040435), access to culture for vulnerable groups and mental health. More about Socialiniai meno projektai:, Facebook: Socialiniai meno projektai

Kay, Heather
Heather Kay is Schools and Community Projects Manager at the South London Gallery. She managed the delivery of the Creative Families programme and has developed the gallerys work with more vulnerable groups, particularly through the Supersmashers programme for looked after children, and work with special educational needs schools. She holds an MA Fine Art, BA Hons Fine Art and an Art Therapy Foundation Diploma.

Kieft, Eline
Dr Eline Kieft works for the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. As an early career researcher she combines her passion for anthropology, qualitative research methodologies, shamanic paradigms, experiential pedagogies, movement as a way of knowing, nature and her intimate knowledge of the dancers body. Eline is also a qualified Movement Medicine teacher.

Kokko, Sirpa
PhD, Adjunct Professor Sirpa Kokko is a University Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has significant experience of craft education in different levels of education, from comprehensive school to university, both in Finland and internationally. She has conducted research and published research articles on various topics of design, crafts and education: gender, cultural heritage, intercultural aspects, wellbeing, and current developments of craft education. She is the Coordinator and Project Manager of the international Handmade Wellbeing project (2015-2017) which is focusing on developing the methods for supporting the wellbeing of the older people through arts and crafts.

Kuitu, Pilvi
Pilvi Kuitu (MA) is the founder and managing director of Cultural Centre PiiPoo that produces and developes accessable art and culture services. Kuitu has succesfully leaded several nationwide cutural projects theht has a focus on wellbeing. Kuitu's did her Masters Thesis in art and wellbeing: “The Impacts of Social Circus in the Wellbeing Services for the Elderly - In the Circus I Always Forget That I Have Illnesses.”

Laitinen, Liisa
Liisa Laitinen (project planner, Arts Academy with Turku University of Applied Sciences) works currently in the project Taikusydän - The Heart for Arts, Culture and Wellbeing in Finland, which is the coordination and communication center for activities and research among the broad field of arts, culture and wellbeing. She also works at the Research Center for Culture and Health at the University of Turku and coordinates The National Research Network for Arts, Culture and Wellbeing in Finland. She holds an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Education (University of Jyväskylä).

Lajeunesse, Marilyn
Marilyn has worked at the Education and Community Programmes Department of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 1992. She is currently Educational Programmes Officer for Adults and Community Groups. Among her numerous responsibilities is the development and coordination of the award winning programme “Sharing the Museum” (previously called Bridging Art and the Community) since 1999. The diverse groups who are invited to participate in Sharing the Museum include groups of people with disabilities, people with mental health issues, at-risk youth, homeless people, families and seniors on limited incomes, including individuals suffering from dementia and Alzheimers disease and many more - all sharing the characteristic of being underserved by cultural institutions.

Lauzon, Pierre
Dr Pierre Lauzon MD is a family physician. He has had an exclusive practice in addiction medicine for the past 25 years. His clinical, research and teaching interests include opiate substitution therapy, hepatitis C treatment, and the organisation of medical services for the homeless.

Layton, Sofie
Artist Sofie Laytons work explores the creative interface between patients and the scientific clinical landscape, based on a participative narrative process. She conceived “Bedside Manners” (2012 -2013) with producer Anna Ledgard at Evelina Childrens Hospital, creating an audiovisual installation with parents and children. “Making the Invisible Visible” was created during her residency “Under the Microscope” at Great Ormond Street Hospital (2015-2016) which focused on rare diseases and how an artist can mediate between patients and the clinical world. She is currently leading “The Heart of the Matter”, a national project exploring the medical, experiential and poetic dimensions of the heart. ( &

Lazenby, Emma
ForMed Director Emma Lazenby is an animator, designer and director, with 18 years experience in the animation industry. She has worked for Channel 4, BBC, Aardman and Disney. Emma has a great interest in Medical education, with a BAFTA and Award for Excellence in Oncology for her medical education films. ForMed Films CIC, founded in January 2015, work in collaboration with health professionals, patients and experts to create beautifully designed and empowering animated films and resources for medical education. ForMed won the AHSW prize 2016.

Ledgard, Anna
Producer Anna Ledgard and artist Sofie Layton develop long-term arts collaborations in hospitals. Anna's role is to embed sustainable relationships with artists into the partnerships. Their work at Evelina London Children's Hospital includes “Bedside Manners” (2012 -2013), an audiovisual installation with parents and children. Anna and Sofie are currently developing “The Heart of the Matter”, with Dr Giovanni Biglino (Bristol Heart Institute), a national project exploring the medical, experiential and artistic dimensions of the heart with hospitals and cultural venues in Bristol, Newcastle and London. ( &

Ledson, James
Dr James Ledson is a consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Hospital Trust. He has championed the provision of Shared Reading in the pain clinic at Broadgreen Hospital for the last five years.

Lee, Jenny
Jenny Baxley Lee, MA, BC-DMT, is a lecturer and board certified dance/movement therapist with UF's Center for Arts in Medicine in the College of the Arts and is affiliated with the School of Theatre and Dance. She is an active member of the American Dance Therapy Association and the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Dance Therapy. In addition to teaching, she directs Arts for Health, Peace and Community Engagement in Northern Ireland. Her research includes dance/movement therapy with children and adults with acute and chronic health issues and with veterans and their families. She also facilitates theatre for health education among middle and high school students.

Lloyd, Jayne
Jayne Lloyd is an artist and researcher whose research explores the role of the arts in health and social care contexts. She has a practice-based PhD in participatory arts and 15 years' experience of delivering creative projects in a range of health and social care, education and community settings. She is a Research and Evaluation Associate with Paintings in Hospitals and recently joined the University of Brighton as Course Leader of their Inclusive Arts Practice MA.

MacLeman, Marielle
Marielle MacLeman is a visual artist currently based in Galway, Ireland and working with Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. She has worked widely in participatory Arts and Health contexts for 15 years including the development of long-term programmes for palliative care and haemodialysis, and public art commissions spanning community nursing, paediatric, maternity bereavement, neonatal and mental health contexts. She has written and designed for publications including The Pattern of a Bird (2008), The Magician and the Swallows Tale (2013), and The Music of What Happens (2014). Her projects have been supported by The Scottish Arts Council, Glasgow City Council, The Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council, the HSE and others.

Mäkinen, Eeva
Dr Eeva Mäkinen graduated as a church musician and a piano teacher. She continued her studies in harpsichord and clavichord, with her early music interest culminating in her Doctoral Thesis in 2004. Since then Eeva has concentrated on the development of culture-oriented well-being services. The Well-being Power Plant of Eastern Finland (VOIMALA) is a network of collaboration with the aim to develop well-being services, which utilize cultural possibilities, and to generate related multi-professional know-how. Experience and know-how have been acquired by the TAKUULLA (Certainly) projects, which have introduced music and dance to maternity clinics, kindergartens, schools, hospitals, psychiatric centers, vocational schools, associations, and service centers.

Malin, Eirwen
Eirwen Malin worked in the third sector in Wales for nearly 30 years mainly in the fields of adult education, personal development and the Arts. Throughout that time she has used storytelling as a tool within work and as a performance art. She has been chair of Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival since 2011 when it became an independent charity. Eirwen is a 2017 Winston Churchill Travel Fellow and will be using Sorting the Sock Drawer to facilitate her study of Patient Education in USA and Argentina later this year. Follow the trips at

Manley, Julian
Julian Manley works at the Psychosocial Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire. He was educated in English literature, the creative arts and psycho-social studies at the universities of Cambridge, Middlesex, and the West of England. He was awarded academic prizes for outstanding results from Cambridge and the West of England, where he completed his PhD in the Social Dreaming Matrix, a precursor to the visual matrix. Much of his research is in the arts and health field. He is Trustee and Head of the Academic Research Committee of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation; on the Executive Committee of the Climate Psychology Alliance and a founder member of the Preston Co-operative Network.

Manning, Isobel
Isobel Manning is Head of Arts at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. Predominantly responsible for commissioing permanent, site specific works for new buildings, she shares the Head of Arts role with Susie Hall. With a background in visual arts and an MA from the Royal college of Art, Isobel has independently lead collaborative projects that explore the colliding worlds of science, nature, medicine and health. She has worked for a number of public institutions, including Wellcome Collection, Francis Crick Institute, the Foundling Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Massey, Rachel
Rachel Howfield Massey is Art and Wellbeing Coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a freelance artist educator. Her artistic practice explores how we become who we are, our public and private selves and addresses themes of identity, connection and belonging. These interests are reflected in her work as a wellbeing specialist at YSP, where she has developed new programmes of work including mindfulness and art, yoga and creativity retreat days, Rest is Radical (complete with hammocks in the trees), and an artist walking residency.

Massey-Chase, Kate
Kate Massey-Chase is an AHRC-funded PhD student at the University of Exeter, researching the possibilities of Applied Theatre practice with young people who are in the transition between Child & Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services. She is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and St Marys University, Twickenham, and a research consultant for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Alongside her teaching and research, she is also a practitioner, delivering creative arts projects with mental health service users, in addiction recovery services, with young refugees, and in schools.

Mayne, Alison
Alison Mayne is Scotland-based amateur maker in knit and crochet, Associate Lecturer in Fashion Theory and doctoral researcher in womens crafting experiences at Sheffield Hallam University. Her PhD study explores womens perceptions of wellbeing as they craft alone but share to social media. Participants engaged in contributing data through her 'Woolly Wellbeing Research Facebook group – a generous crafting online community with hundreds of members from around the world. Publications include conference proceedings from Futurescan 3 (Glasgow School of Art), a chapter on ethics in Digital Sociologies (Policy Press) and an article in Craft Research. She also tweets @newbiephd.

McDonnell, Kate
Kate McDonnell has worked with The Reader since it was founded two decades ago, and is Head of Reading Excellence. She was the facilitator of the Shared Reading groups studied in CRILS chronic pain project.

McDougall, Beth
Beth McDougall is a member of the VERVE team at Pitt Rivers Museum. Her current work focuses on developing the museums relationship with adult audiences and vulnerable groups, creating sustainable programmes with long-term outcomes, including for people living with dementia and their families. Beth is an experienced interdisciplinary museum professional and has worked at the V&A, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and for the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, developing and managing outreach projects, exhibitions, family learning events, and formal education programmes.

McEwan Gulliver, Barbara
Barbara McEwan Gulliver is Founder & Artistic Director, Art in Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Barbara established Art in Hospital as a centre for best practice in visual art and medicine which places the artist and their practice, the patient and their context at the core of its contemporary visual art programme in hospitals and care homes & the community across NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde & Scotland. As Artistic Director, she is responsible for the artistic and strategic development of Art in Hospital within a national and international context. In addition, Barbara has contributed to the visual arts in medicine and health in Scotland and Europe through artist collaborations, research, publications, seminars & conferences.

Meagher, Margret
Margret Meagher is Founding Director, Australian Centre for Arts and Health and was a keynote presenter with Mike White, at 2013 Culture, Health and Wellbeing conference, Bristol. Margret led the formation of NSW Health and Arts Framework and is a member of NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing. Margret convenes the international conference 'Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, in its 9th year, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (30 October–1 November, 2017). In 2015, Margret founded NSW Creative Ageing Festival, inspired by festivals in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and presented “Celebrate Creative Ageing” symposium, Sydney Opera House. Margret designs programs for hospitals, aged care facilities, retirement villages and local government (

Merchant, Stephanie
Dr Stephanie Merchant is a researcher within the Physical Cultural Studies group at the University of Bath. This is a collaborative project between Stephanie, Prof. Simone Fullagar and Ms Lisa May Thomas, University of Bath, University of Bath and University of Bristol.

Merry, Sarah
Dr Sarah Kate Merry is a Research Assistant within the DMLL (Disruptive Media Learning Lab) at Coventry University. Sarah is a mixed methods researcher, using a variety of research methods. Her research interests include non-participatory membership of social groups.

Minford, Olwen
Olwen Minford has worked in Palliative and End of Life Care in a variety of roles since 1997 . She is a Registered Nurse, Health Visitor, Trainer, Bereavement Counsellor and Integrative Psychotherapist. Olwen has extensive experience as an end of life care facilitator and educator working Pan London and is especially interested in using the arts in healthcare and education. In 2014 a Winston Churchill travel fellowship enabled her to research ' Improving communication training and compassionate care using the arts' in North America and Australia. In 2016 Olwen was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mondro, Anne
Anne Mondro is an artist and Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design. She designs courses, programming, and research focused on creative aging and creates sculptural work inspired by those experiences. Her course Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts received the Family Caregiver Alliances 2015 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimers Disease Caregiving Legacy Award in Creative Expression. Mondro has presented at national and international conferences on creative aging and dementia care and has shown her artwork in exhibition venues including Ceres Gallery in NYC and the Powerhouse Museum of Science and Design in Sydney.

Moore, Caroline
Caroline Moores career has been based around offering children, young people and families access to high quality cultural experiences. After completing a Masters in Participatory and Community Arts at Goldsmiths College she worked as Assistant Curator: Early Years and Families at Tate Britain and as Education Co-ordinator at Camden Arts Centre working on the Schools and Families programme. Since 2015 Caroline has been working with GOSH Arts at Great Ormond Street Hospital programming the participatory cross arts programme which engages patients, families and staff in creative research projects, artists residencys and creative interventions which take place across the hospital.

Moreno, Rowena
Rowena is currently doing a Masters degree in Arts Health at the University of Central Lancashire. Her primary interests are creativity and ageing, her interest stems from her current jobs looking after residents at her local care home.

Morse, Nuala
Nuala Morse is the Postdoctoral Research Associate for 'Not So Grim Up North', based at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, and an Honorary Researcher at UCL Culture. Nuala has an interdisciplinary background that crosses human geography and museum studies. The co-authors for Nuala's paper include Helen Chatterjee, Dr Linda Thomson, Wendy Gallagher and Zoe Brown.

Moss, Hilary
Hilary Moss is Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland and until recently the Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. She completed her PhD in 2014 on aesthetic deprivation and the role of the arts for older people in hospital at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine. She is a musician and Music Therapist and has an MBA in Health Service Management. Her research interests include arts therapies; singing and health; health humanities, arts based reseach methodologies and inter-disciplinary research. For more information on her work see:

Moss, Sarah
Sarah Moss is a novelist, travel writer and professor in the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick. She has written two novels set around womens entry to the medical profession in the late nineteenth-century and one following the aftermath of a teenagers unexplained cardiac arrest in the present day. All three were shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. Sarah wrote her doctoral thesis on the influence of polar travel narratives on English Romantic poetry and then an academic monograph on eating, cooking and gender in early nineteenth-century fiction, so she has been interested in various interactions of science and literature for a long time.

Murdin, Alex
Dr Alex Murdin is the Arts Manager at Dorset County Hospital where he commissions projects and research into arts and health with artists, staff and patients. He is a freelance researcher into aesthetics and public space and the Director of which develops collaborative public art projects in rural sites. He has an interest in the connections between healthcare, wellbeing, nature and socially engaged practice, his most recent papers are “Forget Me Not” at Beyond Words, Plymouth University and “Self-Eradication to Mass Mortality: Death in Environmental Art” in Malady and Mortality” at Falmouth University.

Murray, Virginia
Professor Virginia Murray is the Public Health Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction for Public Health England supporting her role as vice-chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee, co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICS), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and UNISDR, and Co-Chair of IRDRs Disaster Loss Data (DATA). She is also Co-Chair of CODATAs Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research and a member the UNSDSN Data for Sustainable Development.

Naidoo, Marian
Dr Marian Naidoo FRSA is Service Director at Penny Brohn UK. She has a research and development background in health, education and the arts. She has developed an innovative and creative approach to service development and improvement in organisations and in particular, within mental health services. Her Doctoral Thesis "I am Because We Are: The Development of a New Epistemology of Inclusional and Responsive Practice, on the creative approach to organisational development, includes 'Breaking Down the Walls of Silence, the first integrated care pathway for Dementia. Marian has held key posts with the DH and NHS, National Institute for Mental Health England (NIME), Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) and The National Social Inclusion Programme. As the National Lead for Arts and Culture for Inclusion and Wellbeing she was responsible for the increasing recognition of the benefits of Arts and Cultural activity for service users, patients, providers and carers.

Nicholson, Chris
Chris Nicholson is music therapist and Project Manager for Musicians without Borders in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region. His work involves music therapy practice with teenagers and adolescents living with HIV, and he has developed a training course in “Music & Health” at the University of Rwanda. Chris studied classical guitar in Spain with maestros José Tomas and Alex Garrobé, and at the Royal Academy of Music, UK, from where he was awarded an Associateship in 2016.

Noble, Douglas
As Strategic Director of Wellbeing with Live Music Now, Douglas Noble is leading on a range of national projects exploring the health and wellbeing outcomes of live music activities in health and care settings, with health and academic partners. He is a member of the Royal Society of Public Health Arts and Health Special Interest Group and is part of the team leading the Baring Foundation initiated Choir in Every Care Home project with Sound Sense and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre. He also works regularly with other arts organisations, including Drake Music, Music in Detention, Platforma and Music for Change. He entered the arts sector in 2005 after a successful first career as an immigration, asylum and human rights solicitor.

O'Connor, Alison
Alison OConnor is an Applied Theatre Practitioner and Counsellor. Her writing on theatre with veterans and families has been published in the international journal, Arts and Health and the Journal for Public Mental Health. in 2016 she received a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, which took her to America and Bosnia and Herzegovina to research "Transforming Trauma: Theatre and Reconnection". Alongside Karin Diamond, she is the Co-Director of Re-Live , an award-winning charity providing a pioneering programme of Life Story Theatre work in Cardiff, Wales.

O'Sullivan, Fiona
Fiona OSullivan studied music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and proceeded to work as a session singer and vocal coach throughout Merseyside. Being inspired by the impact of community arts, Fiona began working with Activate Arts to develop new and creative ways to engage hard to reach children. Fiona moved to Edinburgh and began working for WHALE Arts managing their arts programme and delivering workshops to children on the streets. Noting the positive difference this had on the childrens health, Fiona became increasingly interested in Arts in Health and so began her career with Edinburgh Childrens Hospital Charity.

Okwonga, Eva
I am a musician, singer and researcher with lived experience of mental illness. Since 2008 I have co-ordinated Music in Mind, a music, mental health and peer support project. Since 2015 I have worked for UK mental health charity Mind as an advisor on the national peer support programme Side by Side. I have a Masters in Cross-Sectoral and Community Arts from Goldsmiths College, London. In 2016 I was awarded a Churchill fellowship and visited the USA to work with the peer-led Me2/ orchestra. I have contributed to the APPG on Arts Health and Well-Being at the House of Lords.

Osborn, Tim
Tim combines nearly three decades of experience in the health and disability world with his lifelong interest in the arts in his role as Breathes Project Manager for Performing Arts. Before joining Breathe in 2013, he worked extensively for organisations supporting people with long-term conditions, life-limiting illnesses and physical and emotional difficulties – both in the NHS and the charity sector.

Pagliarino, Alberto
Ph.D and Adjunct Professor in Social and Community Theatre at University of Turin – Department of Humanistic Studies - and at Master of Social and Community Theatre of Turin. He is actor, trainer and co-founder of Social Community Theatre Centre, University of Turin – SCT Centre | Unito ( Artistic consultant for Italian and European public and private cultural and social institutions and international projects. He is Designer and Artistic Coordinator– on behalf of SCT Centre and Odin Theatre – of Caravan Next Feed the Future, (Creative Europe, Cooperation, Large Scale) a 42 months European project based on Social and Community Theatre methodology.

Parkinson, Jenni
Jenni is a founding Director of Soundcastle, a socially-engaged music organisation operating across Bristol, London and Sussex. Soundcastle devises creative music projects which enable people to discover the skills to write their own music. The Soundcastle Theory of Practice places community members at the heart of the creative process, promoting ownership and ultimately autonomy. This leads to reduced isolation and enhanced wellbeing, connectedness and resilience. Jenni has worked as a music facilitator for over ten years, with her specialist areas covering families, people with learning difficulties and adults experiencing homelessness.

Parsons, Maria
Maria is the founding Chief Executive of Creative Dementia Arts Network. She drew on her background in professional social work, management and teaching in developing and leading pioneering Dementia Services Development Centres in Oxford and London after which she worked with the NHS, local councils and major care providers on dementia strategy, care home design, technology, staff training and professional development. Maria sits on the Journal of Dementia Care Editorial Group, is a member of the British Society of Gerontology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Peaty, Sandra
Sandra Peaty is Head of Learning and Community at Pallant House Gallery. Sandra has worked for more than 30 years in a range of social care settings, including residential homes for older people and advocacy projects for people with learning disabilities. She has personal experience of - and an interest in - art as a powerful medium to communicate and explore life events. In 2002, Sandra co-founded Partners in Art, a unique programme recognised across the sector as a model of best practice in community engagement.

Pender, Kathleen
Kathleen Pender has been with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater since 2013. As Company Manager, she works directly with Artistic Co-Directors Suzanne Costello and Stuart Pimsler and their community partners to coordinate and facilitate the community-inclusive Arts & Healthcare and Arts & Education programs that the company has been recognized for in the U.S. and abroad. She holds a B.A. in Dance from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. In addition to her SPDT administrative position, she also teaches dance for two area arts centers, and performs for Minneapolis-based choreographer Taja Will.

Penny, Elspeth
Elspeth Penny works with performance, film, animation, word and image to create ideas and stories; she's had commissions or support from BBC 2, Anglia TV, Menagerie Theatre, The Wellcome Trust, The Arts Council and The Heritage Lottery Fund. She's also an Arts-in-Health practitioner, running her letter writing project For ten years, she's worked as an actor/consultant in medical communications training. Dr Alice Malpass is a Mid-career Research Fellow, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. With a background in anthropology Alice is currently part of the multi-disciplinary Life of Breath project

Petkutė, Ieva
Ieva Petkutė, cultural manager and researcher, initiator of various projects that aim to improve the access to arts and culture and bring together diverse audiences. Director of the NGO “Socialiniai meno projektai”, which operates in multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial field between the health care, social care and arts. The practice of Socialiniai meno projektai includes arts projects (plays, exhibitions, performances, and creative experiments), creative arts (participatory) workshop programmes, training, arts for health research, public events and publishing. More about Socialiniai meno projektai:, Facebook: Socialiniai meno projektai

Philip, Keir
Keir is a Medical Doctor working for Barts Health NHS Trust, Dancer in Residence for Vital Arts, honorary Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Health and Human Performance, member of project Breakalign, founder of the DanceAble Collective ( and a 2017 UCLPartners Improvement Fellow. He started Bboying (Break-Dancing) over 15 years ago as a founding member of the Bristol based Physical Jerks Crew. Since then he has performed and taught dance across the UK and internationally. He is currently working on a number of projects combining dance and health, including projects using dance in the acute hospital setting.

Phillips, Kate
Lapsed artist, dormant art therapist and fledgling art for health researcher. I am a PhD student undertaking a systematic review focussing on plastic arts, inclusive of art therapy, participatory art, art in hospitals and art on prescription. Im intrigued by the power of metaphor and incensed by political soundbites. I am an artist and scientist. My personal art practice is sporadic although I posit that creativity is a way of being as well as making and doing, and is not the preserve of artists. I also find my flow dancing or sailing.

Pickard, Angela
Dr Angela Pickard has performed, created, taught and presented dance locally, nationally and internationally in her roles as dancer, choreographer, teacher, advisor, consultant, academic and researcher. Angela has taught a range of ages and stages: toddlers, primary, secondary, further education, novice adults, older dancers, student teachers and practising teachers. She has worked with young talented dancers at London Contemporary Dance School, Northern Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet School, and Trinity Laban as part of her work 'Investigating Talented Dancers' and 'Investigating Widening Participation in Dance.' She is a Reader in Dance Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. Angela's research interests place the corporeal body as central to the examination. She is particularly concerned with the relationship between body and identity in dance and how social worlds shape human bodies. Her book, Ballet Body Narratives: Pain, Pleasure and Perfection in Embodied Identity was published in 2015 by Peter Lang. She is also Editor in Chief for the journal Resaearch in Dance Education.

Potter, Susan
Susan Potter: Arts Evaluation and Research Susan has a background in creative and cultural learning, with over 25 years experience working with museums, galleries and arts organisations across the UK. Susans current research is focused on the psychology of participating in the arts, with its specific impacts upon individual mental health and wellbeing. Susan completed the social impact study of Pallant House Gallery's community programme in 2015-6.

Price, Jonathan
Jonathan Price is a researcher, evaluator and cultural analyst based in West Yorkshire. A former local authority arts manager, Jon has also worked in academia and completed a PhD on 'The discourse of cultural leadership at Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) in 2016. Now working independently, he writes on cultural management, policy and public engagement in the arts, also evaluating arts projects across the UK and assessing funding for the European Commission and Creative Scotland. Jon is currently working with Leeds-based arts organisation Space 2 to investigate their distinctive approach to working co-creatively with local communities, including mental health services users.

Quinney, Miranda
In 2015 SS4WB developed a train the trainer programme, supported by UNLTD and working in partnership with Hospice UK to make the training available nationwide. 100 palliative care practitioners representing 28 hospices have been trained to date. Miranda has presented her work to 350+ health care practitioners in UK, Budapest and Singapore. Conferences and events that she has spoken at include: Hospice UK Annual conference; Association of Social Workers in Palliative Care Annual Conference; Beds and Herts End of Life care Educational Day; West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust : Living Well with and beyond Cancer; Global Meeting for Storytelling Illness and Medicine. For more information:

Ramsey-Wade, Christine
Christine works as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of the West of England. She has been working as a counselling psychologist in the NHS, private mental health hospitals and private practice for over 10 years, and she is a member of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at UWE. She is interested in building the evidence base for arts-based psychological therapies for clients recovering from eating disorders, to ensure that clients can access a wider range of treatments. To get in touch, please email .

Reich, Ariel
Ariel Reich recently graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in Acting and a Certificate of Arts in Medicine. In addition to her hospital-based practices, she has worked with juvenile detention facilities helping young girls through theatre, writing, music, and movement. With the UF Center for Arts in Medicines Theatre for Health team, Ariel has presented numerous theatre-based workshops across the state of Florida, and she recently traveled to Northern Ireland where she sang and danced with brain injury patients and adults with mental disabilities. Ariel is recognized for her volunteerism, creative research, and advocacy for the arts.

Ridding, Jen
Jen Ridding is a creative learning practitioner, with ten years experience working in gallery and museum settings. At the Barber, Jen oversees the Learning programme which engages wide-ranging audiences. Jen has recently co-created the Barbers new audience development strategy with a particular focus on developing innovative student and academic engagement. Action research, reflective practice and creativity are all central to Jens approach. Previous roles include Learning Coordinator at Ikon Gallery and Community Engagement Officer at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Rieger, Kendra
Kendra Rieger, BN, PhD(c) is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Kendras research focuses on the arts as ways of knowing and expressing in healthcare. Her current research projects are investigating mindfulness-based arts interventions and arts-based educational strategies, and she is conducting a number of systematic reviews. She is also interested in the impact of arts involvement on health outcomes and the use of digital storytelling in research. She uses qualitative and mixed methods approaches, and is enthusiastic about grounded theory as a research methodology. She teaches evidence-based practice to nursing students.

Rochester, Michelle
I am the founder and Chief Executive of the charity Make a Move. After 15 years of developing my practice in schools and with vulnerable young people the charity has attracted further partnerships, leading to the development of working with the elderly, mums suffering from depression and children experiencing emotional issues. My practice now focuses on inspiring others to develop their own practice in order to further continue the vision of the charity to be a catalyst for positive change in peoples lives.

Rossi Ghiglione, Alessandra
Director and creator of Social Community Theatre Centre| Unito, senior researcher at University of Turin. Alessandra worked as dramatist in Italian Contemporary Theatre. In 2004 she founded Teatro Popolare Europeo - artistic partner of University of Torino - and directed more than 20 professional artistic performances and several participatory theatre projects in Italy and Europe in urban areas, health facilities, with gender groups, elderly, disabled people, migrants, etc. Scientific consultant and supervisor for IOM, UNAOC, Ngo about creative activities in psychosocial and mental health, human rights and gender issue, culture and wellbeing programs. She is a trainer for health students and healthcare professionals.

Rule, Ellen
Ellen Rule, Director of Transformation, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. As Director of Transformation for the CCG and the STP Programme Director for Gloucestershire, Ellen has a strategic role to transform and re-design services to ensure they are fit for the future. Ellen has worked for the NHS since 2003, holding a variety of senior positions. She holds a masters in Health Economics and Policy, and currently sits on two national committees for NICE. Prior to working in the NHS Ellen was a civil servant in the Cabinet Office, and has also worked in the private sector in the financial services industry. Ellen is a keen participant in the arts, including regularly performing in a small close part harmony vocal group to raise money for a range of charitable causes.

Ruppert, Julia
Julia Ruppert, Arts & Wellbeing Practitioner, trained at Canada's Concordia University and Goldsmiths University of London, Julia is an HCPC registered Art Therapist and founder of Collective Arts. Working with a broad range of populations, Julia's work has included large-scale community-art installations (2,000 participants), as well as numerous exhibitions and creative engagement programmes. An interest in links between positive psychology and visual arts led Julia to the University of East London's MAPP programme where she graduated with distinction in 2015. Positive psychology continues to influence her programme designs and workshop delivery. In September 2017 she will launch The Artery Project, an evidence-based arts and wellbeing programme.

Salovaara, Mari
Mari Kaarina Salovaara currently works as a doctoral student and project worker in an Erasmus+ project Handmade Wellbeing at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has taken her Masters degrees in Craft Teacher Education (Master of Education) at the University of Helsinki, and has an extensive working experience of craft education in different contexts. She is now pursuing her doctoral dissertation in Craft Studies. The overall purpose of her research is to find out what are the essential aspects of purposeful pedagogy of creative craft-making activities for elderly people in care settings.

Sapsed, Ruth
Ruth Sapsed is the Director of Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, an arts and well-being charity working to shape cohesive and collaborative communities in Cambridgeshire and beyond. We came together in 2002 as a group of artists, educators, parents and researchers with a shared passion for how the arts can transform lives and a belief in the power of democratic forms of community activism. Our projects involve people of all ages and from all backgrounds in order to open up spaces where curiosity and imagination can flourish and empower active citizens to be creative and share ideas.

Schamberger, Magdalena
Magdalena Schamberger is Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds, the home of Clowndoctors and Elderflowers, in Scotland. She has 25 years of experience performing, directing and teaching physical theatre and clowning in the UK and internationally. As a current Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Fund recipient, Magdalena has developed Artful Minds, an experiential training initiative for artists and Curious Shoes, a bespoke performances approach for people living with dementia, including families and carers. Curious Shoes premiered in Edinburgh March 2017. Magdalena is Honorary Professor with the Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University and member of the Dance for Parkinsons steering group Scotland.

Schanche, Caroline
Open the Box Arts Projects. Caroline Schanche and Melanie Young work together on community engagement projects combining movement, singing, visual arts and writing. Caroline is a community dance artist with 30 years experience leading dance classes and workshops for people across the age spectrum from toddlers to older people. She specializes in working with people with dementia.

Secker, Jenny
As Professor of Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University, Jenny Seckers interests centred on wellbeing and social inclusion. Between 2005 and 2007 she led a study for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Department of Health aimed at strengthening the evidence base for arts and mental health work. The positive results of that study led to the establishment of Open Arts Essex in 2008, since when Jennys research has focused on evaluations of the project. Now Emeritus Professor, she continues to support Open Arts through research and as a member of the steering group.

Sextou, Persephone
Dr Persephone Sextou is a Reader in Applied Theatre at Newman University Birmingham (UK), and the Director of the Community & Applied Drama Laboratory (CADLab) for theatre and child wellbeing (HEFCE grant). She has secured a grant from BBC Children in Need (£50K) to continue her research on the impact of specially-developed bedside performance for children in hospitals and hospices in partnership with the NHS. She is member of Editorial Boards for the Arts & Health, the Applied Theatre Reader and, the Arts in Communities Journals. Her new book 'Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion (2016), Intellect, is out.

Seymour, Rebecca
Rebecca is a Dance Educationalist with over 30 years experience, including teaching A level Dance and delivering outreach programmes for numerous Dance companies. She co-ordinates Elevate, the music and creative arts programme for older patients at Salisbury Hospital. From its inception 6 years ago, Rebecca has developed and managed Mind the Gap, a creative programme of performance workshops for 55+ at Salisbury Playhouse. She has taught a Dance for Parkinsons class for 4 years, and also teaches Dance for Dementia classes. She has recently been appointed as the Project Development Worker for Wiltshires Celebrating Age programme.

Shearn, Helen
Helen Shearn is an independent consultant, facilitator and producer in Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing. She co-produced and implemented the Arts Strategy for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and many multi-partnership programmes i.e. orchestrating Art in Mind at Tate Exchange She has spoken on arts and culture for asylum seekers and refugees at the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland; on heritage, mental health and dementia for the Heritage Lottery Fund and on the Journeys of Appreciation Programme for AESOP ; Age Friendly Museums; APPG Arts, Health and Wellbeing; Cultural Commissioning Programme and Outreach Europe.

Sidgwick, Ruth
What has motivated me to work in arts management over the last 30 years has been the transformative qualities of arts interventions for everyone involved: the interaction between ordinary people and professional artists never fails to surprise, excite, challenge and move me. My artistic practice is currently being stretched as a student on the MA in Arts Practice at University of South Wales, making Artists Books, print-making and in using my hands to Just Do.

Sokoski, Liz
Following a successful career in public and private sector communications, a series of major life challenges led Liz to a state of feeling helpless, hopeless and powerless. As part of her personal healing, a need for reassessment brought Liz to Art & Soul where she was encouraged to let go of self-criticism and explore the idea of self expression. Stemming from her engagement with the programme, Liz has gone on to complete a foundation Diploma in Art & Design and films for Time to Change, Richmond Adult Community College and Art & Soul.

Sonke, Jill
Jill Sonke is director of the University of Florida Center for the Arts in Medicine and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. She serves on the faculty of the Center for Arts in Medicine, and is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Theatre & Dance, Center for African Studies, and Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, and is an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in the College of Business. With 23+ years of leadership in arts in health, Jill is active in research, teaching, and international cultural exchange. Her current research focuses on the arts in public health and the effects of music in emergency and trauma medicine.

Sosinowicz, Belinda
Belinda Sosinowicz MA, MSc is a positive psychologist, arts and health consultant who led Age Exchanges major Reminiscence Arts and Dementia - Impact on Quality of Life (RADIQL) research programme. With postgraduate degrees in both design and Positive Psychology she understands the needs and processes of both arts and health sectors. For the past 20 years, she has been involved in managing complex projects and research programmes connecting arts, wellbeing and mental health, an activist in the development of this sector. Recently she has become an expert in improving the wellbeing of people with dementia and carer training. She is especially experienced in using a rigorous evidence and theoretical base when designing and managing innovative projects to improve engagement, involvement, resilience, happiness and wellbeing.

Stearn, Miranda
Dr Miranda Stearn is Head of Learning at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the principal museum of the University of Cambridge. She leads a team aiming to deliver a creative, inclusive and impactful learning service to connect as wide an audience as possible with the museums collections. Making a difference to people has been at the heart of her work over 10 years in the public sector arts and heritage. She started her career at London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Arts Service, based at Orleans House Gallery, an accredited museum with a national reputation for its innovative education programmes. As a Policy Adviser focusing on Learning and Volunteering at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), she helped develop policies to guide funding decisions and make sure HLF investment resulted in high quality learning experiences for people of all ages. She has been on the board of the London Museums Group, is on the Editorial Advisory Board for engage Journal, and chairs the University of Cambridge Museums Learning Consultation Group. Miranda has a BA and MA in History of Art, and a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, exploring contemporary artist commissions and interventions in historic art collections.

Stedman, Janine
Janine Stedman has worked in the education and social care sector for thirty years. Janine promotes life-long learning and believes that older people should have the opportunity to enjoy meaningful activities, on the premise that emotional and physical wellbeing are inextricably linked. Janine works independently in the South West as a dementia support specialist. She is on the steering committee of the Wellington Dementia Action Alliance. Janine is committed to her current Superact role as Erasmus Plus Handmade Wellbeing Project Manager. She has trained professional artists to run workshops in care settings, culminating in an exhibition and conference in Wellington.

Stickley, Theo
Dr Theo Stickley is Associate Professor of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. He has been researching arts and health for nearly twenty years and is one of the most widely published authors on qualitative arts and health research. He is currently researching the relationship between arts participation and mental health recovery processes. He is also advising a European funded project developing models of arts approaches for people experiencing problems with addictions.

Swift, Ruby
Ruby Swift is engaged in doctoral research into the potential for personalised music playlists in dementia care to assist in quality of life and communication. She is working within The Arts and Dementia Doctoral Training Centre (TAnDem DTC), a collaborative partnership between the Universities of Worcester and Nottingham, funded by The Alzheimers Society. Ruby studied at University of Wolverhampton and has a first degree in Music and a Masters degree in Musicology. She has worked as a singing practitioner for three years in care home and clinical settings for people with dementia and as a Singing for the Brain leader for the Alzheimers Society.

Taylor, Debs
Debs is an artist and an inspirational speaker who talks about her incredible journey through the mental health system. Debs works for South West Yorkshire NHS Trust as a peer project development worker within the Creative Minds team. Debs is passionate about helping others to achieve more than they are led to believe and might think they can. From being bed bound and heavily medicated to standing in front of crowds to enlighten and inspire their journey regardless of whom or where they are. Debs is also a mental health awareness and anti-stigma campaigner and strives to improve services for those still in the system. Having never had a voice while she was in that system, she makes sure that people can hear the service user voice and how it feels to be lost in the system.

Teale, Danielle
Danielle is a dance artist and scholar – her work spans choreography, teaching, directing and mentoring in youth dance, inclusive practice, dance for health, dementia, MS and Parkinsons. She recently completed her MA Community Dance at University of Roehampton looking at the role of the artist, best practice and artistry in community dance. She is highly sought after to deliver specialist projects and lead professional development courses for artists in dance and health. Her current portfolio includes work with English National Ballet (2009-17), Royal Opera House (2015-17), East London Dance (2015-17), Green Candle Dance Company (2016-17) and Dance for Health Rotterdam (2016-17) among others.

Thimbleby, Prue
Prue Thimbleby has worked in Participatory Arts for over twenty years. She now works as Arts in Health co-ordinator for ABM University Health Board where she leads a small Arts team. The job involves everything from making videos with patients so they can tell their stories, to setting up music performances, to facilitating an Artist in Residence programme and raising the funds to make it all happen. Prue is also a sculptural basketmaker and storyteller and works freelance as a mentor for the Age Cymru cARTrefu project.

Thomas, Ian
Ian is currently Head of Evaluation, Arts for the British Council leading on the evaluation of the British Council's global arts programmes and developing our evidence base around our global arts impacts. Ian has held previous roles at Arts Council England and Telford & Wrekin Council developing and working on a number of award winning cultural and music education programmes such as In Harmony, Creative Employment and Musical Communities. Ian holds degrees from the University of Durham and Liverpool University and is currently working on a research fellowship exploring the development of the English In Harmony programmes.

Thomas, Lisa May
Lisa May Thomas is a Dancer, Writer, Director and post-graduate student, School of Arts, University of Bristol. This is a collaborative project between Lisa, Prof. Simone Fullagar and Dr. Stephanie Merchant, University of Bath, University of Bath and University of Bristol.

Thomson, Sally
Sally Thomson studied Fine Art in Hull. As a textile artist she had several artist in residence posts including one in Carlisle in Tullie House Museum and then in Chard Hospital. Chard was where her career in arts in health began. After a short stint as the coordinator for SPAEDA in Somerset she began a two new roles in North East Scotland in 2003 - Arts Development/Public Arts Officer for Aberdeenshire Council and Arts Coordinator in the Children's Hospital for NHS Grampian. Her present role from 2011 is as the Director of Grampian Hospitals Art Trust.

Thwaites, Alice
Alice has been a pioneer in the field of creative ageing in the UK, since developing Equal Arts to specialise in work with older people in the early 1990s. She received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 and visited Ireland and the USA looking at good practice. Since 2012 she has been the Coordinator of the Baring Foundation and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust partnership.

Tischler, Victoria
Victoria Tischler is Professor of Arts and Health and Head of Dementia Care at the University of West London (UWL). She is a Chartered Psychologist and Victoria Tischler is Professor of Arts and Health and Head of Dementia Care at the University of West London (UWL). She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. Working with artists, designers, musicians, nurses, psychologists, computer scientists and hospitality staff, she has established a transdisciplinary innovation lab at UWL to explore the potential for arts and scientific collaboration to improve dementia care. She is a trustee for Paintings in Hospitals, a consultant to PS/Y, a research, curating and public engagement collective, a member of the Boots UK archive scientific advisory board, and co-executive editor for the journal Arts and Health.

Torrissen, Wenche
Wenche Torrissen is Associate Professor of Drama and Theatre at Volda University College and the Norwegain Resource Centre for Arts and Health at Nord University. Torrissen has a Ph.D from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published on womens (feminist) theatre history, Henrik Ibsen and theatre and health. She has also facilitated a number of theatre in health projects in South Africa and Norway. Currently she is working on a research project that documents and investigates theatre and health practices in Norway.

Trudel, Mona
Mona Trudel is heading the research chair for the development of innovative practices in art, culture and well-being, and has been a professor at École des arts visuels et médiatiques of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 1999. She is initiating a research project (2016-19) funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), with co investigators from the fields of art and medicine, on art interventions with adults in situation of social exclusion.

Turner, Julia
Julia Turner is a freelance musician and educator. She has a passion for vocal harmony and leads a number of choirs in Bristol including her own Bring Your Own Baby Choir and South Bristols intergenerational Handfuls of Harmony. She sings as part of a Capella group The Eko Trio who host gigs and workshops around the UK. Julia has two albums of her own music, a large jazz/blues repertoire and enjoys gigging in the UK and beyond. She works for Live Music Now delivering participatory music performances and workshops for people in a range of community and health care settings including care homes, special schools and hospitals .

van de Venter, Emily
Emily van de Venter is currently a Consultant in Public Health with Gloucestershire County Council and has been working in Public Health for 10 years. She studied Neuroscience at the University of Bristol (2005) and gained a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2012. Emily has published peer-reviewed research on arts on referral and recently evaluated an Asset-based Community Development project whilst working with The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West).

Veale, Amy
Amy is a doctoral student working within The Arts and Dementia (TAnDem) Doctoral Training Centre, a collaboration between the Universities of Worcester and Nottingham funded by the Alzheimer's Society. Her PhD will explore how to positively engage the individual living with dementia in an arts activity. It will aim to contribute to evidence based practice in the use of arts activities for people living with dementia in a care home setting. As a Churchill Fellow (2015), Amy spent six weeks in North America observing a range of arts activities for people with dementia. It was during this time that she developed an interest in the potential of the arts to provide meaningful engagement for people living with dementia in care homes.

Vella-Burrows, Trish
Trish is Deputy Director for the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, specialising in the impact of the arts in long-term conditions. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and a member of the Special Interest Group for Arts and Health.

Vitale, Agata
Agata Vitale is a Senior Lecturer in Abnormal/ Clinical Psychology at Bath Spa University. Agatas research interest focuses on assessing the quality of community mental health care from both the service users and the health professionals perspective.She is also interested in developing community based interventions to promote the integration of asylum seekers and refugees in England. Agata is currently involved in developing a creative writing intervention for refugees based in Bristol.

Vuolasto, Johanna
Ph.D. (2011), University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, Art History. Special Adviser, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Team leader of development program of Use of Art in well-being and inclusion, leader of the regional office. Member of working groups: European Commission, Open Method of Coordination (OMC) of Member States experts. Directorate-General for education and culture 2017-2018. Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Ministry of Education and Culture, Member of steering group 2016-2018, Health and wellbeing will be fostered and inequalities reduced and Access to art and culture will be facilitated. Government Key Project. LinkedIN:

Wade, Moira
Moira is Older Persons Lead at Hoot, with a passion to provide quality creative activities for people living with dementia inspired by the impact on participants during the pilot: “Its like having my sister back”, said one sibling of the other, who had dementia. Currently developing practice in singing workshop leadership.

Walls, Amber
Amber is a creative learning and engagement practitioner-researcher and doctoral candidate at University of Auckland, where she is exploring the potential for creative engagement to make a difference to youth wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand. Amber has over 15 years experience using creative partnerships as a powerful tool for learning, community building and social change locally and overseas. A passionate champion for social justice and equity, Amber has initiated a number of award winning programmes supporting marginalised young people to articulate and amplify their visions and voices, and supporting practitioners to work in more creative, innovative and inclusive ways.

Walters, Phil
Phil Walters is strategic lead for Creative Minds a charity hosted by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Having worked for the Trust for over 14 years, his previous role mainly involved ensuring the Trust connected with its communities, involving key stakeholders in decision making and development of services. Phil developed the Trusts Artist in residence “Inspire programme” in 2002 which provided the foundation for Creative Minds which works with community organisations to deliver creative group activities to promote recovery. This approach was co-produced by service users, carers, staff and other community stakeholders and promotes peer led creative projects.

Waters, Laura
Laura Waters MSc, LRSM, AMRSPH, FISM, FRSA Arts Programme Manager Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Laura Waters is the programme manager for Air Arts, which provides arts and creative activities to patients, staff and visitors at Derby Teaching Hospitals. With a background in both music and psychology, Laura has a keen interest in the impact of the arts on physical and mental health and wellbeing. She is a fellow of the RSA and the ISM, and a member of RSPH Arts in Health special interest group.Laura also leads Derventio String Quartet, performing regularly on violin and piano at weddings and corporate events and with local orchestras and theatres.

Watson, Andy
Andy Watson is the CEO / Artistic Director of Geese Theatre Company, an organisation that has spent the last 30 years developing theatre-based projects for delivery in criminal justice settings. Geese has been awarded the RSPH Arts and Health Award twice and Andy has worked for the company since 1997. He has a particular interest in working with people with personality disorders and those considered to be high-risk.

Weeks, Clare
Clare Weeks is a Photomedia artist currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Newcastle. She teaches photography at the Newcastle Art School and the University of Newcastle. In 2011 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and since this time has documented through visual, text and oral means, the artists experience of living with dis-ease. Using her own body as the site of transgression her aim is to make visual the un-seen experience of living with chronic illness. As a practicing artist, she has created photographic, video and installation work and has shown in solo and group exhibitions Australia wide.

Williams, Jamie
Jamie Williams is a freelance Film Maker with extensive experience of working with artists and producing films for hospitals and healthcare clients.

Williamson, Claire
Claire Williamson is Programme Leader for Metanoia Institutes MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and works as a mentor, facilitator and host within the UK writing community. She facilitates writing in a wide range of health and social care settings, specialising in themes of recovery and transformation. Her latest poetry collection Visiting the Minotaur will be published by Seren in March 2018. Claire is working on a novel The Scarab Bookshop for a PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University; the critical aspect of the doctorate is Writing the 21st Century Bereavement Novel.

Willis, Jane
Jane is the driving force behind arts and health consultancy Willis Newson, which she founded in 2002. Her knowledge of, and passion for, arts and health provide the inspiration for everything the company does. A strong facilitator and a persuasive presenter, she is highly skilled at assessing needs and motivations and drawing these together to enable projects to move forward smoothly. A well-respected member of the UK's arts and health community, Jane has a proven capacity to grow projects and organisations. She has been a key player in the development of the field since 1994, when she set up Vital Arts, the arts programme of Barts and the London NHS Trust from 1994 – 2000.

Wilson, Lian
Lian is a Research Assistant at the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University. She has a special interest in dance and movement, currently working on a number of dance and health related projects for the Centre. Lian is also the Director of Tamalpa UK, offering training programmes and public workshops in the Tamalpa Life Art Process® an internationally-recognized expressive arts education and therapy approach, combining movement, visual art, and creative writing to access the innate wisdom of the body. She is a Tamalpa Practitioner and certified Movement Therapist RSMT and Movement Educator RSME with ISMETA.

Wilson, Davina
After gaining her music degree, Davina went on to train as a music therapist in Cambridge, qualifying in 2006. She has gained a wide variety of experience; from working with children with; learning disabilities, severe emotional and behavioural difficulties and trauma to adults in mental health settings, learning disabilities and dementia work. She thrives in setting up innovative pieces of work and specialises in short term intervention. Davina gained her masters in 2009 and presented at several national music therapy conferences. She is now predominantly a private therapist providing a music therapy service to children and young people with learning disabilities.

Wimpenny, Katherine
Dr Katherine Wimpenny is a Reader in Arts Related Research and Pedagogy and Co-lead for Research within the Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University where she researches pedagogic development in new and disruptive spaces.

Young, Melanie
Open the Box Arts Projects. Melanie Young and Caroline Schanche work together on community engagement projects combining movement, singing, visual arts and writing. Melanie Young is a visual artist with 30 years experience of facilitating community engagement projects for people with mental health issues, older people including people with dementia and school and college groups.

Younie, Louise
Louise is a practicing General Practitioner and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has been developing the field of arts-based inquiry in undergraduate medical education for over a decade, with an MSc and EdD in this field. The arts have been found an excellent vehicle for student-centred transformative learning, practitioner development and engagement with both health professional voice and patient lived experience.

Ørjasæter, Kristin
Kristin Ørjasæter, MSc in Social Work. Ørjasæter is a Norwegian clinical social worker trained as a schema therapist, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) therapist and family therapist. She has 15 years experience as a health professional in mental healthcare, before becoming a university lecturer at Nord University and PhD candidate in Health Science at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is doing a PhD study on mental health recovery and participatory arts. Her PhD project title is “Recovery among people with mental health problems. Music and theater workshop as an arena for recovery processes”.