Edge Hill University will represent the UK at an international arts symposium hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York University on Sunday 14th November.

Healing Arts Symposium is a one day event featuring leading artists, researchers and policy makers that will feature global perspectives on the arts. 

As the only global example from the UK, Edge Hill will showcase its Arts for the Blues project, which is an evidence-based creative arts therapy programme designed to treat depression. It is delivered in collaboration by Edge Hill, the University of Salford, University of Cambridge, and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Professor Vicky Karkou, Director of the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing and member of the International Research Alliance involved in this series of events, said: “We are excited to be involved in international research that matters for policy, services and ultimately for people’s lives, recognising that the arts have value as a wellbeing recourse in our communities. 

 “We are increasingly seeing how the arts can be used to treat a wide range of mental health problems including the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. This global event will shine a light on how we can integrate the arts in a range of health settings to support people’s wellbeing.” 

The Healing Arts Symposium will be available via livestream from 3:30pm – 10:00pm (GMT) on Sunday 14th November. Guests can register online

Edge Hill’s Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing, part of the Health Research Institute, engages in interdisciplinary research activities in form of research projects, publications, events and masterclasses. 

The centre draws expertise from three faculties, championing interdisciplinary research. It has three main strands: research on performance, community/workplace projects and clinical research. 

The event marks the culmination of Healing Arts New York, the last of a series of 2021 city activations, produced by Culturunners and in collaboration with the NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium and International Research Alliance, John Hopkins University, and the Open Mind Project.