Arts for Wellbeing

The research theme of Arts for Wellbeing builds upon existing practice-based expertise, research and knowledge transfer experience in the arts for wellbeing. It works with research publications (books, chapters, articles, systematic reviews and practice-based outputs) and with existing links and connections at local, national and international levels. The group’s aim is to generate evidence of good arts practice for wellbeing across the life span.

Arts and Wellbeing defines evidence as arts- and practice-based, both qualitative and quantitative, biological and neuroscientific. It brings together existing members of staff, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, visiting professors and fellows in performance, applied performance and arts psychotherapies from the areas of Performing Arts, Psychology, Health and Education.

Research Priorities include older people, including dementia, adult mental health, including trauma and depression and children and adolescents, including children at risk and those with development co-ordination problems. Continuing Professional Development opportunities for those interested in the therapeutic uses of dance, drama, art and music. Artists, arts therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, health professionals, medics, social workers, educators and other professionals can be introduced to new disciplines, advance current practice or explore working with different client populations.

The upcoming projects and events include:

1st June 2019 – 2nd June 2019 The Arts in Psychotherapy: personal and professional flourishing for one’s self, clients, and communities – a weekend of workshops, reflections and growth. Click here for more information.

3rd Oct 2019 – 6th Oct 2019 2nd International Arts in Healthcare Event – Arts, Creativity and the Global Crisis: Reimagining Identity, Otherness and the Possible. Click here for more information.


Listen to Professor Vicky Karkou explaining the Arts for Wellbeing’s work and research below.

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