3rd International Social Prescribing Network Conference – 4-5 March 2021

This is the 3rd international event for The Social Prescribing Network and is the only international conference for social prescribing in the world.  The conference will showcase a range of speakers, learning opportunities and networking.   Running over two days, the event will be held online, with every effort made to maintain opportunities for networking. The theme of this year’s event is 'Social prescribing & community - beyond the pandemic'. 

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Open Ground: Music Therapy in Collaboration & Exchange – 9-11 April 2021

The British Association for Music Therapy has announced that it will now host its conference online in April 2021. Originally due to take place at Queen’s University in Belfast in 2020, the conference organising committee hope that as many of the 2020 presenters as posible will be able to participate in the 2021 conference.

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More Culture, Less Medicine Conference – 23-26 November 2020

This conference will explore some of the developments within the field of arts and health and wellbeing, hearing from key people involved in researching and delivering opportunities, and giving attendees the chance to take part in some of the innovative arts practice on offer.

Creative Future, alongside The Robin Hood Health Foundation, Diversity and Ability & The Old Market, will be presenting 'The Big Vision' - creating a shared vision for Brighton and Hove on Wednesday 25 November.

Conference sessions will take place as follows:

BREATH: INSPIRE/EXPIRE – until 13 November 2020

This virtual symposium, organised by the Medical Humanities programme at WISER, in conjunction with the Primary Health Care Directorate at UCT,  brings together academics, artists, activists and practitioners who work on the intersections of social sciences, humanities, health sciences, arts and activism to creatively think about the many ways that breath and breathing feature in our everyday lives.

The 10th Attachment & the Arts Conference: The relational human body – 14 November 2020

The virtual conference will introduce a focus on research developments in understanding the ‘bio’ element in the psycho-bio-social approach to Attachment Theories. Dr Frank Röhricht will deliver the keynote speech on Creativity and embodiment in experiential and relational body-psychotherapy.

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Making Arts Integral to Health and Wellbeing – 19-21 October 2020

The 4th Annual National Conference from the US’s National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) will feature three days of learning, sharing and connecting with colleagues from around the world. The conference will provide opportunities to:

Bridging the gap between Arts and Play for Health and Wellbeing in Research, Policy and Practice – 15-19 February 2021

This conference aims to address the gap between the arts and play and health and wellbeing fields, encouraging shared learning and asking critical questions that will support a move forward in arts and play with new-found insight. The organisers plan to take a hybrid approach to the conference, with one on-site day at the University of Edinburgh on 16 February and the remainder of the presentations spread across the week online.

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Cultural Heritage for Mental Health 2 International conference, Belgium – 10-11 December 2020

Following on from the first edition in 2018, this international conference plans to bring together individuals from the public, academic and voluntary sectors to promote learning, discussion and debate around cultural interventions with the aim of improving the wellbeing and health of people recovering from mental health problems or people in a vulnerable situation.

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Culture, Creativity and Health: Winter Gatherings – 16-20 November 2020

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and Arts & Health South West are hosting a week of virtual regional events and webinars. The events will provide the opportunity to hear about work that is happening in your region, discuss plans for regional development and participate in networking. Areas of focus include practitioner support and wellbeing, learning from lived experience and everyday creativity and lockdown and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance 2020 Awards Gathering will take place on Friday 20 November.

Solitude and the encounter, Queen Mary University – 19 June 2020

Queen Mary University of London is running a one-day webinar on 19 June to examine contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, as part of the Mad Hearts Conference. The webinar features Professor Femi Oyebode, Laura Fischer and John Richardson and will combine clinical, artistic and research perspectives for a contemporary reinterpretation of mental health science and practice.

The webinar is relevant for service users, mental health professionals, artists, and researchers and those interested in how the arts can contribute to mental health.


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