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Thank you to everyone who presented, attended, and gave so much to our third and final Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference (CHW21).

A special thank you to the Conference Committee and to Professor Norma Daykin for her work on the Research Proceedings, to the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance for all their support, as well as to our other Conference Partners including UWE Bristol, Tampere University, and University College London. 

CHW21 was delivered online from 21st-23rd June 2021 and was attended by over 500 speakers and delegates from 30 countries.


The CHW21 programme was designed to engage audiences from around the world with key notes in the morning, afternoon and evening and interactive sessions that took into account different time zones for presenters and audiences. Drawing on over 200 submissions from 20 countries, there were 100+ live sessions and 10 country panels from around the world.

During the event attendees were able to join live discussions, attend interactive workshops, as well enjoy networking in the Social Lounge and a range of performances and films. CHW21 tickets also gave delegates full access to recordings of sessions on demand.

Conference Programme PDF (14 Jun 2021 edition)

Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference – Research Proceedings

This collection of Research Proceedings, edited by Norma Daykin and Alex Coulter, includes 49 research abstracts that were accepted after a peer review process for the CHW21 conference. A wealth of current research is presented within, including literature reviews, analysis of data from large surveys, theoretical contributions, methodology papers, quantitative studies, qualitative research and process evaluation.

The abstracts reflect a wide range of arts and cultural activities including singing, instrumental music making, museum-based activities, visual arts, creative writing, digital arts, theatre, performance-based projects and creative learning. The studies include data from research participants in many countries, with authors from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US.

CHW21 Research Proceedings PDF Download >>


Cap O’Rushes Commission

As part of the opening event for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference on 21st June 2021, we were excited to premiere a new AHSW commission – Cap O’Rushes by British award-winning Composer, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian.

Based on the story of Cap O’Rushes a rare version of a folktale from Suffolk, Cevanne worked with three inclusive ensembles – BSO ResoundEnsemble Juvenil de Setúbal, and HeadSpace Ensemble to bring her composition to life. Within the framework of three ‘movements’ or ‘acts’ reflecting POWER | EXILE | RECONCILE, each ensemble explored one compositional movement, and through the course of these movements the music charts the narrative’s transition from exile to reunion with brass, strings, percussion and electronic instruments.

Inspired by gestures, sounds, and imagery of the Cap O’Rushes story, the composition was visually woven together with dance and film footage from UNIT, a collaborative duo consisting of a Choreographer and Film Director.

Filmed individually and in line with Coronavirus restrictions, the project offered a space for collaboration and creative practice, as well as showcasing the impact inclusive music making can have even within the most challenging of times.

The Cap O’Rushes production was made possible with support by Stichting Horizon.

Watch the Commission HERE and find out more about the Cap O’Rushes project >>


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


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Culture, Health and Wellbeing International conferences were delivered in 2013 and 2017. The 2017 Culture, Health and Wellbeing International conference involved over 400 delegates and speakers from 23 countries.

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

Conference delegate feedback. 


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

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

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