“Art makes you think. Art gives you pleasure. Creating art is an opportunity to understand and satisfy yourself and be well.” Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, SNEHA, Mumbai

Parallel Session Block 1C

Monday 21st June, 14:00 – 14:50  

Parallel Session Block 1C

The 1C Parallel Session Block has a choice of 8 break-out sessions to choose from. For Speaker Biographies, please go to Airmeet:


1C1 What does it all add up to? Capturing the value of culture for health and wellbeing"

It has never been more important to understand the value of culture for our health and wellbeing. But how strong is the evidence, and what are the challenges we face in demonstrating value in this context? How can we support a more inclusive, sustainable and rigorous research environment? Join the Centre for Cultural Value for a thought-provoking, interactive debate and put your questions to our expert panel.

Kiz Bangerh

Ranjita Dhital

Marisa De Andrade

1C2 Practice: Inclusion, access and engagement

Chair: Sue Isherwood

Addressing health INEQUALITY * Collaboration is POWER * Finding the path to SUSTAINABILITY, work by Creative Arts East including Our Day Out for older people with life changing conditions.

Elly Wilson Wickenden

Detour is a City Arts co-production with a 55+ song writers group and artists, resulting in the creation of a series of short dance films.

Kate Duncan

Smile Inside by ilD gathered stories from older people who were shielding and commissioned artists to respond. The community then responded back in an artform of their choice.

Sarah Gilmartin

1C3 Practice: Supporting people with disabilities to stay engaged during COVID

Creative Toolkits - an online response to the pandemic: Artlink West Yorkshire’s programme for people living with learning and physical disabilities.

Sylvie Fourcin

Counting The Lights In The Darkness: The lived experience of using the arts online to maintain good mental health for learning disabled artists shielding in rural Northumberland.

Allie Walton-Robinson

Brave, Braver and Beyond Brave: How Suffolk Artlink’s arts and creativity course for adults with learning disabilities adapted, developed and grew in the pandemic.

Rachel Bennett

1C4 Research: Loneliness and COVID

Building Connections: challenging loneliness among older adults through partnership, co-production and cultural participation. Bungay, H. et al.

Can participatory arts address loneliness? Evidence from the What Works Wellbeing Culture and Sport Evidence Review Programme. Daykin, N. et al.

Predictors and Impact of arts engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic: analyses of data from 19,384 adults in the COVID-19 Social Study. Mak, H. W. et al.

Dr Hilary Bungay

Professor Norma Daykin

Dr Karen Mak

1C5 Workshop: Hoot Music

In 2020, Hoot developed new ways of sustaining our participants’ engagement with creativity to improve their mental health and wellbeing. In our Music group we have used pre-recorded sessions, live chats, and online galleries to showcase and collaborate with others. In this workshop attendees will hear about this approach and have an opportunity to discuss and steer the creative task. Participants will create and record a quick musical response. No experience is needed to join in this session.

Workshop leader:

Rob Crisp

1C6 Workshop: Soundscapes of the Inner Landscape

For thousands of years we have used music, sound and the voice to express ourselves. Recently there has been a deeper understanding of the role of sound and music in improving mood-state and health and wellbeing, and reducing anxiety. Over 25 years, The British Academy of Sound Therapy has developed a sound therapy programme with statistically significant results. In this workshop you will experience and hear about the benefits of Soundscaping and the findings from a project during lockdown.

Lyz Cooper

1C7 Practice: Supporting vulnerable children during the Pandemic

Something to Smile About: a Seven Stories programme for children and supported disadvantaged families to play, read and be creative together. A collaboration with community and education partners across East End Newcastle.

Sarah Cotton

Danielle Frank

Arts Drop: therapeutically-developed creative activity packs for vulnerable children and young people in Calderdale and beyond. Since March 2020 more than 10000 vulnerable children and young people have benefitted. Founded by Elaine Burke and the Creative Learning Guild.

Elaine Burke

1C8 Practice: Mental Health and Co-Production

Dr Hills' Casebook: a co-produced drama about mental health treatment now and in the past: A film presentation with people with mental health challenges who live in Norfolk.

Laura Drysdale and Participants

The People’s Music Collective in lockdown: Soundcastle’s co-produced music group with adults with lived experience of mental health during the pandemic.

Hannah Dunster

Jeremy Power

Keeping connected & creative through Covid: darts, a Doncaster community arts organisation, work with those experiencing digital exclusion and isolation during COVID.

Lucy Robertshaw

For Speaker Biographies, please go to Airmeet