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.

Upcoming projects and events

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

Past events



Mindful Movement for Professional Development and Self Care
Indra Majore-Dusele
25th -26th May
Edge Hill University

Concurrent #3 at Tate Liverpool
19th – 25th February
Tate Liverpool


An Introduction to Developmental Transformations (DVT)
Wednesday, 1st June
Dr Nisha Sajnani

Developmental movement in education, therapy and the arts
Saturday, 13th-14th June
Arts for Wellbeing

Arts, Identity and Healing in the Context of the Refugee Crisis
Saturday, 23rd-24th May
Arts for Wellbeing


Manifesto: theatre against reification
Wednesday, 19th November
Dr Eva Urban, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

Goldsmiths’ approach to Practice based Research, in the context of REF
Wednesday, 1st October
Professor Robert Gordon, Director, The Pinter Centre

“Choice. Control. Expression. Freedom. A model for Disability Arts in the work of Equal Voices”
Wednesday, 25th June
Dr Laura Haughey, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Theorising the Flourishing City: from Enfield to Anfield
Tuesday, 24th June
Professor Victor Merriman

Exploring Identity and Difference in Edward Bond’s Tune (2011)
Wednesday, 18th June
Dr Kate Katafiasz, Newman University, Birmingham

Developmental movement for children and their families
Saturday, 14th & Sunday, 15th June

Working with Depression through the Arts Psychotherapies: Research Evidence and Clinical Applications
Saturday, 26th & Sunday, 27th April

Performance and Civic Futures Research Seminar
Wednesday, 5th March
Professor Tim Prentki


Healthful Dancing Symposium: the significance of improvisation in paediatric healthcare

Falling Apart at the Seams – performance, and post-performance Seminar on Age Discrimination in Dance
30th April
Mark Edward & Company in collaboration with Julia Griffin

International Colloquium on Performance and Domination
22nd & 23rd March

Inaugural lectureYou can see into the future from here: Playing Ireland in Hard Times
25th of February
Professor Victor Merriman

A Symposium on Costume and Scenography – Critical Costume
18th & 19th of January

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