Guidelines for submission
“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



If your  proposal or abstract is accepted, you will be agreeing to the following conditions:


  •        You will be offered a free ticket for one day, including your session (one person per accepted submission). 
  •        Your session will be on 21st,22nd or 23rd June but we cannot guarantee which day.
  •        Your session will be at a time of day based on the time zone in your country of residence.
  •        We will be working with a digital platform and provide you with support in using it.
  •        Your presentation, workshop, performance or film will be shown live to delegates and also available on demand for a period of time after the event.
  •        You will be asked to sign a consent form to give us permission to record the session.
  •        We anticipate that sessions will be for 50 minutes.

o   Oral sessions will include 3 x 10 minute presentations and chaired questions from the audience for 20 minutes.

o   Workshops will be for 50 minutes and should be interactive

o   Performances and films can be any length of time up to 25 minutes


We are interested to hear about innovative practice that has been adapted or developed as a result of the pandemic. If your idea doesn’t fit into the categories, please get in touch to discuss. We particularly want to encourage those who have never submitted a proposal or abstract before. We welcome submissions from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. If you find that the guidelines are not sufficient please contact Alex Coulter by email and she can arrange to speak to you on the phone:

When you go to the link to submit here you will be asked to give us contact details of the person submitting via a Google Form. This will be our contact for communicating decisions about the submission. You will be asked to select either Practice or Research and to attach a Word document. The requirements for Practice and Research are different.


You will be asked to describe what you would like to present at the conference. This can be an oral presentation, a workshop, a film or performance. If you are submitting a proposal for a workshop please tell us the minimum and maximum number of participants.

We are keen to hear how your subject relates to the conference themes with a clear focus on arts, culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. Please write clearly and in plain English. Please describe your proposal in 500 words. We will also ask you for a 100 word biography. This will not be used to assess your proposal but will be included on the website if your proposal is accepted.


Research papers can be reports of original studies or theoretical contributions with a clear focus on arts, culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. 

Research reports

Abstracts for papers describing original research studies should be 1,000 words and should include the following headings:

  1.      Introduction

Describe the study aims, rationale and research question.

  1.      Methodology

Describe the research approach, data collection and analysis.

  1.      Findings and discussion

For quantitative research please include key findings and discussion in two separate sections. For qualitative studies it is possible to include these in one section.

  1.      Strengths and limitations of the study
  2.      Conclusions and recommendations for further research

Theoretical contributions

We will feature a limited number of high quality theoretical contributions on arts, culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. We invite scholars in various fields including philosophy, social science, psychology and medicine to submit abstracts that clearly inform a critical research agenda in the field. Abstracts for scholarly contributions should be 1,000 words and should reflect on a current issue in arts, health and wellbeing, addressing implications for research, policy and/or practice.

Submissions will not be blind reviewed so please feel free to include the names of any partners, collaborators or research team.

You may submit multiple abstracts but each abstract must be submitted on a separate form.


Submit your abstract here. 

You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

Debates and panel discussions

We will be curating debates and panel discussions relating to the conference themes of Inequality, Power and Sustainability. If you are interested in taking part in a debate or panel discussion please contact Alex Coulter directly:



Depending on the technology platform we use for the conference, we hope to have early morning (GMT) open mic sessions where you can tell your story and early evening sessions where you will be allocated a partner to share your story with. 

This opportunity will be offered to delegates once ticket sales open.