“Arts and culture, such as music, dance and theatre, can play an important role throughout life in supporting people to be healthier and happier. From community projects to arts therapies in clinical settings across the country, evidence-based arts interventions are making a positive difference to people‚Äôs health and wellbeing.” Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England

Parallel Session Block 2B

Tuesday 22nd June,  10:00 – 10:50 

Parallel Session Block 2B

The 2B Parallel Session Block has a choice of 8 break-out sessions to choose from. For Speaker Biographies, please go to Airmeet:


2B1 Country Panel: Japan - the Mimihara Hospital

Mimihara Hospital’s history goes back to the 1950s when poverty and discrimination dominated the area. We started as a small clinic in an ordinary home. Now we have three full-time artists working in the hospital for the past eight years. Community members as well as hospital staff participate, inspiring each other and collaborating to express our complex stories. We continue to explore how the arts can incorporate the social determinants of health to create a health promoting hospital.

Yutaka Moriguchi

Shinji Okumura

Aiko Murono

Kazu Kaihara

2B2 Country Panel: Scotland

A conversation between an artist, doctor and policy maker exploring from their perspectives what inequalities have been highlighted during the pandemic. They will consider how much control they felt they had over what they could change about their own situation and what the benefits of creative activity during this time have been and lastly how we build on the positives of what we have learned.

Robbie McGhee

Dr Elizabeth Oommen

Jan-Bert Van den Berg

Milica Milosevic

2B3 Research related to diversity and marginalised communities

Diversity in Representations of Terminally Ill Patients in End-of-Life Documentaries. Hakola, O.

Understanding creativity and wellbeing in migrant communities by examining the role of community language radio in Australia. Krause, A.E. et al.

‘You’re allowed to do a play? In jail?’: Performing care in a neoliberal prison landscape. Power, E.

Dr Amanda Krause

Outi Hakola

Erin Power

2B4 Panel: Using the arts to promote health, healing and inclusion for migrants and refugees

This session explores how arts and creativity can promote and support health, wellbeing, and more successful integration for migrants, refugees and other globally mobile populations. We’ll review the underlying health issues faced by migrants and refugees, how to integrate creative activities with health and social inclusion goals, and discuss how artists from any background can co-create projects that honour and expand on the traditional art forms of culturally diverse communities.

Dr Marian Liebmann

Agata Vitale

Sabine Choucair

2B5 Workshop: Raising Voices & Visibility

Courage eludes us at the best of times. This gentle, robust workshop is for people who long for something, yet for various reasons can’t, won’t or shouldn't step forward into that untested longing. Raising Voices & Visibility goes straight to the heart of the matter. It is an online adaptation of The Write Road’s signature workshop, Creative Journaling, and offers techniques for using writing as a tool for clarifying thoughts, solving problems and finding pathways forward.

Stephanie Dale

2B6 Workshop: Crafting Care: An Arts Based Knowledge Translation Initiative

The experience of dementia is interpersonal, and carers face unique challenges. Craftivism combines craft with activism to inspire positive change. This project involves research and practice in arts-based knowledge translation. Participants use low tech processes and colourful materials to create objects as messages about the lived experience of caring for a loved one with dementia. You will be invited to craft your own message in response to the project and prompt: what does care mean to me?

Chloe Watfern

Michele Elliot

2B7 Research and Practice: Music and Dementia in Japan, Spain and UK


Community Music Workshops for Senior Citizens: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Encouraging Participation. Kusaka, N., & Sugiyama, Y.

Active musical practice for the prevention of Alzheimer’s. A case in Alcora, Spain. Vernia-Carrasco, A. M. & Sánchez, D.I.T.


Supporting people with dementia throughout the pandemic with Music Therapy at Home: Mindsong’s innovative service to support people with a diagnosis of dementia and their family caregiver, including a short film.

Nahoko Kusaka

Ana M. Vernia-Carrasco

Ibán Tripiana

Maggie Grady

2B8 Panel: Co-production and Co-creation

In co-creation, co-production and co-design we often emphasise ‘power’ - power shifts, shared power, power democratisation.  But what does power mean in these ‘co’ processes, for those involved?  Is it possible to create ‘power with’ instead of ‘power over’ (Follet)?  Does power need to be equal...or equitable?  And if power comes with responsibility, does everyone want it?  Crucially, do ‘co’ processes involving less power sharing necessarily have less value and what else might we be missing? 

Kate Genever

Sarah Blowers

Euella Jackson

For Speaker Biographies, please go to Airmeet