June 2016


Sports funding for dance for health
Sport England has widened its remit to include dance with funding available to support dance, activities which encourage people to become more physically active. The change comes as part of a shift in focus to funding sports programmes which target wellbeing and reach the least active people.

Evidence for gardens and health
An independent report on the benefits of gardens and gardening on health has identified the important place gardening interventions have in the wider health and care system with a focus on four specific areas: social prescribing; community gardens; dementia care; end-of-life care.

Inquiry into the civic role of the arts
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has launched an inquiry into the ways in which arts organisations can be better supported to play a stronger role in their communities and nationally.



Arts health media coverage


Art in Site completes installation at NEW Queen Elizabeth II Hospital

Building Better Healthcare, April 2016


Healthcare can be improved with an artistic touch : Vivid 2016

Financial Review, May 2016


Patients say dance therapy is cutting chronic pain

CTV News May, 2016


Can art help people face serious illness?

BBC Scotland News, June 2016


Art therapy program for Defence personnel to continue twice-yearly in Canberra

ABC, June 2016




Capital Arts Manager, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Wales


Events & conferences


European Healthcare Design Congress and Awards

27–28 June 2016 – London

Vanguards of change: Co-designing services and settings to improve quality and access. Providing an interdisciplinary forum for more than 300 senior level policy-makers, researchers and practitioners from around the globe. This year’s congress schedule includes presentations on the important roles of art, design and gardens within holistic healthcare provision. Awards categories include ‘Interior Design and the Arts’


RSPH Arts, Health and Wellbeing Webinar Series Movement, dance and the neurodegenerative condition

Tuesday 5 July 2016 1.00pm-2.00pm BST, available online worldwide

How and why are movement and dance so important to people with Dementia and Parkinson’s disease? If movement and dance do help increase wellbeing, mobility, movement range, social interaction, balance, co-ordination, gait and much more, what might the similarities and differences be when applied in differing contexts?


American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - Baltimore, MD

The 47th Annual Conference, the theme of the conference is Art Therapy: Integrating Creativity, Healing & Professionalism, and will showcase the art therapist’s role within the greater health community, our creative roots, and how beneficial the art process is.


Royal Society for Public Health: 2016 Health & Wellbeing Awards Ceremony

Thursday 27 October 2016 - London

Now in their ninth year, the RSPH’s Health & Wellbeing Awards are the UK's premier scheme for promoting health and wellbeing. There are six categories of awards, including one for Arts & Health.


International Health Humanities Conference

Thursday 15, September, 2016 - Seville

The International Health Humanities Network will be meeting at the University of Seville for the 5th International Health Humanities Conference.  The conference theme is "art and humanities for social inclusion, education and health: creative practice and mutuality".


2016 The Creative Age: Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - Washington DC

Anchored by the 2-Day Leadership Exchange and Conference (SUN/MON 25-26 SEP 2016), attendees can also register for a constellation of cultural, learning, and professional development events (SAT 24 SEP-WED 28 SEP 2016) sited throughout the cultural treasures of Washington DC. Attendees will experience an unparalleled gathering of global leaders in creative aging in settings uniquely tailored to provide global perspectives that inform national and local expression of creative aging.


The 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference. The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing

16-18 November 2016 - Sydney

The overarching theme of the conference is "Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts". Three key areas of practice and research will be explored: Mental Health and Resilience, Health and the Arts in Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Health Promotion, Creative Ageing


The World Congress on Public Health

3 - 7 April 2017 - Melbourne

The World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is held every 2-4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and it attracts between 2,000-4,000 delegates. The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level. Registration opens June 2016


Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference

19th, 20th and 21st June 2017 - Bristol

The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

Speakers include - Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England; Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children at SNEHA in Mumbai; Lord Howarth of Newport launching the final report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Inquiry and  Dr Iona Heath, former President of the Royal College of GPs. Performances by Julian West and Neil Valentine



Call for papers


The World Congress on Public Health

3 - 7 April 2017

The World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is held every 2-4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and it attracts between 2,000-4,000 delegates. The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level. Call for Abstracts closes 26 August 2016.


Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference

Call for abstracts which provoke new ways of researching, conceptualising and creating and will encourage delegates to question assumptions and learn about different approaches to current issues and areas of practice. 

Other themes invited include abstracts that:

  • Inform the development or effectiveness of arts and health practice

  • Advance understanding of participants' experiences of participatory arts for health/wellbeing (including artists' experiences)

  • Advance knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of arts and culture on health and wellbeing

  • Inform the development of health, arts and cultural policy in relation to health and wellbeing

  • Advance the development of methodologies for arts and health research


Arts Health Network Canada - Call for Reflections

How the arts have contributed to your personal health, wellness and healing. Whether it is painting, drawing, writing, performing, dancing or any other creative pursuit, submissions are invited to share your personal story detailing how participating in the arts has benefited your health. Select stories will be scheduled for publication as part of the Reflection series, providing an opportunity for individuals to reflect on and publicly share their stories of how the arts have contributed to their own personal health, healing and wellness.



Research & publications


The AHRC Cultural Value Project - Understanding the value of arts & culture

This presents the findings of the AHRC’s three-year Cultural Value Project, which aimed to address gaps in current research and to develop new methods of evaluating the difference that engagement in arts and cultural activities makes to individuals, society and the economy. 


Arts, health & wellbeing: reflections on a national seminar series and building a UK research network

An article published in 'Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice' on 10th May 2016 on the development of a national UK research network in arts and health. 


DCMS Culture White Paper, March 2016

The first White Paper on Culture in 50 years, this aims to secure the position of culture as central to the country, to places and communities, and to the UK’s international standing.  Headlines include: Everyone should enjoy the opportunities culture offers, no matter where they start in life; The riches of our culture should benefit communities across the country; The power of culture can increase our international standing; Cultural investment, resilience and reform.

The UK’s Ageing Population: Challenges and opportunities for museums and galleries (PDF)

Published by the Age Friendly Museums Network and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing (University of Oxford), this new report analyses key demographic trends and older people’s engagement with culture.  It includes case studies around themes such as outreach, digital engagement and cross-sector partnerships, as well as recommendations for museums and galleries wishing to develop provision for older people.





Building Better Healthcare awards 2016

BBH Awards are run annually and attended by over 500 representatives from the healthcare industry. Categories include Best Collaborative Arts Project (Performance) and Best Collaborative Arts Project (Static). The 17th annual BBH Awards close for entries on the 30th June 2016, applications can be made via the on line entry form