‘Building Bridges’ in Applied Arts and Health, Education and Community

7–10 August 2019
Ironbridge – Telford, Shropshire, England

In celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health(JAAH), the University of Wolverhampton collaborate in hosting an International Arts & Wellbeing Conference. The Conference is conveniently located in the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, England. With its vast array of Victorian monuments, museums and galleries it is a major historical destination. It is also home to the world’s first cast-iron bridge built in 1779 by Abraham Darby III and now recognised as one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution. This remarkable Iron Bridge still dominates the town that bears its name.

The Conference celebrates the arts and aims to build metaphoric bridges across the field by facilitating a diverse and lively programme of dialogue with an emphasis on creativity and wellbeing in education and community. The Conference focuses on applied arts practiceresearchscholarshipexpressive arts therapy, community and education, set within proximity to one of England’s most stunning heritage locations.


The International Art Therapy Practice/Research Inaugural Conference

The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), in collaboration with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), will host the inaugural International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference in London, UK, July 11 to July 13 2019, at Queen Mary University of London.  We will explore a wide array of topics pertaining to art therapy practice and research in the art therapy profession, by offering a robust range of themes and tracks. We invite members of the international art therapy community to submit proposals for this unique opportunity.

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Arts In Mind festival

Arts in Mind  is a week-long festival celebrating innovative collaborations between researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the creative and cultural sector. It showcases work that explores new ways to improve wellbeing and facilitate a better understanding of mental health, the brain and the mind.

Running alongside #CreativityandWellbeing Week 4-10 June 2018


European Outsider Art Association Conference 2018

‘The Artist’s Voice’
From 4th – 6th May 2018, Outside In is hosting the European Outsider Art Association (EOA) Conference at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (UK). The conference is aimed at artists, curators and collectors as well as representatives from museums, galleries, collections, art projects and studio groups. This year’s conference focuses on ‘the Artist’s Voice,’ celebrating the work of excluded and non-traditional artists and sharing best practice in the field through a series of presentations, key note speeches, and workshops delivered by artists and practitioners.


Working with Art Therapists: What is museum-based Art Therapy? What can Art Therapists bring to museum health and wellbeing projects?

This week (12 – 16/03/2018) is Museums and Wellbeing Week. To celebrate watch the  webinar presented by Ali Coles here. The theme will be Working with Art Therapists: What is museum-based Art Therapy?  What can Art Therapists bring to museum health and wellbeing projects? Ali is a Lecturer in Art Psychotherapy, University of South Wales and Art Psychotherapist, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

An alliance of cultural organisations from across England launches a new national body to develop and promote the role of arts and culture in supporting the country’s health and wellbeing (launched 13 March 2018).

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a new national organisation for all who believe in the value of cultural engagement and participation for health and wellbeing. It will advocate for the work, provide training, resources and events, and develop understanding of how participating in cultural activities can help individual and community health and wellbeing.

To find out more and to join the new Alliance, please visit: www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk

Between Spaces – Museum and cultural interventions for young people in adolescent mental health care inpatient settings

Working with researchers at the UCL Institute of Education, UCL Museums and Collections are carrying out scoping exercise on museum interventions with young in adolescent mental health care inpatient settings. The aim of this small scale research exercise is to better understand young people’s experiences, the potential impact these interventions have as well as the experiences of museum practitioners.

For further information click here


The third Museums and Wellbeing Week will take place between 12-18 March 2018. The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing will co-ordinate the week, which will showcase the inspiring work museums across the UK are either already doing in the field or would like to pilot.

How to get involved

Visit their website here to download the form and send them your event details

All events will be added to their website https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com/news/

Creative Heritage in Mind

‘Creative Heritage in Mind’ was an 18 month art, museums and wellbeing project, formed from a partnership which has developed over several years in Suffolk. This was generated between Maggie Batchelar, an art therapist working in acute inpatient mental health services, a community arts charity and local museums services. The museum collections provided narrative which inspired imaginative creative responses for participants experiencing mental health problems, supported in small groups meeting in the museums.