“I firmly believe that the arts can assist in addressing a number of difficult and pressing policy challenges including ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health. The arts can help keep us well and be part of creating a healthy society. The time has come to recognise the powerful contribution they can make to our health and wellbeing.” Lord Howarth of Newport

Parallel Session Block 2E

Tuesday 22nd June,  15:10 – 16:00 

Parallel Session Block 2E

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


2E1 Country Panel: Are we there yet?: An overview of recent developments in Arts and Health policy and practice in Ireland

Panellists will draw on diverse experiences in presenting a picture of Arts in Health practice in Ireland. They will share recent policy developments and jointly consider what is needed for the growth and sustainability of the work. They will talk about the partnership working that is underpinning this practice and touch upon interesting projects across a spectrum of practice.

Justine Foster

Mary Grehan

Dominic Campbell

Catherine McCabe

Anne Sheridan

2E2 Practice: Artist and designer led inclusive practice in the UK and arts and mental health services in Norway

Culture, body and movement - mapping of supplementary treatments and activities within acute psychiatry in Norway, Kari Lorentzen and Jorunn Marie Rørvik

Evidencing the value of Artist-led Mental Health projects, Michael Cunliffe

Public Microsigns: ‘How can positive signage design in the street account for inclusivity with regard for aspergic users?’, Callum Ritchie

Callum Ritchie

Michael Cunliffe

Kari Evelin Arellano Lorentzen

Jorunn M Rørvik

2E3 Practice: Children and Young People, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Using Creativity to Build Safe Communities for Young People: LIFEbeat puts creativity at the heart of their work with young people and communities.

State of Flux: Ludus Dance’s project for young people in the care of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Reflections on the benefits and challenges of a cross-disciplinary arts & mental health collaboration: the Imagining Futures project, London, UK: combines mental wellness strategies and arts practice for young women with emotional distress.

Grace Gelder

Dr Lindsay Smith

Lucy Sicks

2E4 Research and Practice: Hospital and healthcare environments


Systematic review on the effects of the physical and social aspects of the community pharmacy environment on patients and staff. Dhital, R., et al.

Developing a sensory research toolkit: A remote method. Fleetwood Smith, R., et al.


Art and the Therapeutic Environment: A case study of the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children Art Programme, GOSH Arts.

Vivienne Reiss

Susannah Hall

Rebecka Fleetwood-Smith

Ranjita Dhital

2E5 Workshop: “Feeling for the edges” How creative facilitators negotiate practice boundaries


At the intersection of arts, health and wellbeing, facilitators often navigate personal, professional and disciplinary boundaries in their work. Starting with stories from the Creative Facilitation participatory research study on arts practitioner experiences, before and during COVID-19, workshop participants will discuss how their experiences relate to these stories, and the potential implications for good practice guidance, professional development, and programme management.

Julia Puebla Fortier

2E6 Research and Practice: Wellbeing Research and Practice


An evaluation of the impact of an arts intervention on the wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence. Grace, P. et al.

‘Journeys’ A study using a Heuristic approach that explores the potential of twinning Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with Vedic Meditation to see how the joint practice may impact wellbeing. Sisodia, R.


Creating Perinatal Wellbeing: Collective Arts’ multi-disciplinary approach using creative activity, positive psychology and art therapy.

Julia Ruppert

Dr Nicola Holt

Rajeshree Sisodia

Pippa Grace

2E7 Research: Rare Dementias and research methodologies

Developing Poetry as a Research Methodology to Further Understand Rarer Forms of Dementia. Camic, P.M., et al.

Methodological challenges for evaluators of arts-based activities for people with dementia: A report on findings of a narrative synthesis of published evaluation research studies. Gray, K. & Evans, S.

Developing a drawing-based method to capture and communicate experiences of rare dementias. Harding, E., et al.

Dr Paul M Camic

Karen Gray

Emma Harding

2E8 Research and Practice: Adapting and engaging during the Pandemic


Overcoming the Social Distance: How Healthcare Clown Organisations Serving Vulnerable Populations Responded to the Covid-19 Restrictions. De Faveri S., & Roessler, M.

How a university community engaged with arts and cultural activities during Lockdown. Wilson, C., et al.


A Grateful Heart: How ‘Air Arts’, the arts programme at Derby and Burton Hospitals, transformed their music programme during the pandemic, supporting staff to care for patients, and their regular musicians.

Maggie Roessler

Laura Waters

Rosie Rutherford

Dr Ceri Wilson

For Speaker Biographies, please go to Airmeet