I4P Symposium

27th Nov 2015, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Tate Liverpool

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Breaking Into the Temples of Culture: Exploring Arts, Health and Wellbeing Initiatives in the Community

Following on from the first I4P symposium on arts, health and wellbeing in November 2014, this event will build on some of the elements which emerged from the presentations and plenary discussion at the first event.  It will explore the different ways in which what Gary O. Larson called ‘the temples of culture’ in American Canvas (1997: 59) seek to engage with the community, and develop a more participatory involvement with the arts.

A fundamental aim of the symposium will be to create space for discussion, knowledge exchange and possible future collaboration. It will be of interest to all individuals and organisations working in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing.

Keynote Speaker:

Prof Paul M Camic – Canterbury Christ Church University

‘Disrupting and restructuring healthcare: Social prescriptions from the Wizard of Oz’

The Wizard of Oz is frequently fashioned as a somewhat stingy, uncaring old man, hiding behind a magnificent façade in a golden green palace. Yet on closer inspection we find that the W of O prescribed several useful activities to help cure homesickness, depression, anxiety, fear, insecurity and problems with self-identity. This presentation will explore his prescriptions of the 1930s and those associated with social prescribing today, with a particular focus on understanding the potential contributions that museums and art galleries can make to wellbeing and health. Kansas never had it so good.

Profile:Paul Camic

Paul M. Camic is a consultant clinical health psychologist and professor of psychology and public health at Canterbury Christ Church University where he is research director of the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at the Tunbridge Wells campus.  He is also a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and Royal Society for the Arts; he is founding co-executive editor of Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice and an avid supporter of the UK as a member of the European Union.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Tristi Brownett -Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Richard Clay – AHRC / Newcastle University
  • Emma Crook – ROH Bridge
  • Philippa Forsey – Creativity Works
  • Jennifer Gilbert – Outside In
  • Rowan Hoban/Sarah Bird – Wild Rumpus/Just So Festival, Scholar Green
  • Lucy Medhurst – Artswork
  • David Rhodes & Tim Corrigan – Project Art Works
  • Susan Oman – University of Manchester
  • Karen Shepherdson – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Gayle Whelan – Institute of Cultural Capital


  • 9.00am – Registration and Refreshments
  • 9.45am – Event start
  • 5.00pm – Event close

The Conference Programme is available to download here

Cost: £25.00 (incl VAT)

FREE to EHU Staff and Students, please email i4p@edgehill.ac.uk to register your place.