Arts and Health Australia

Vale Mike White

Tributes to Mike White

We are sad to announce the passing of Mike White on 5 June in Durham. Mike was a luminary in the arts and health field and I considered him the world’s best in the area of arts and community health. His book "Arts Development in Community Health: a social tonic" (Radcliffe 2009) will remain a major piece of writing, continuing to inspire and inform those working in the field. I was privileged to spend several days in Durham with Mike in early June and he spoke fondly of his times in Australia and the raft of friends he had made, especially while visiting for our annual arts and health conferences. Our love and prayers are with his wife Catherine, son Jonah and daughter Ellie.

Margret Meagher
Director, The Australian Centre for Arts and Health


Celebrate Creative Ageing Sydney 2015

Celebrate Creative Ageing 2015

A meeting of minds to inspire innovative and imaginative ideas about ageing creatively will take place at Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of NSW
from 25 - 27 August 2015

This new annual international event exploring the importance of older people engaging in the arts and creative activities to foster good health and wellbeing as they age, has been convened by The Australian Centre for Arts and Health, in association with the Art Gallery of NSW and the Sydney Opera House.

An outstanding international speakers program, featuring the world's best in creative ageing, will lead a robust conversation and exploration about the immense value of the arts in ageing well, whether older people are living independently or living within aged care and palliative care services.

Speakers include Anne Basting, Founder of TimeSlips and author of "Forget Memory"; Dominic Campbell, Creative Ageing International; Gary Glazner, Alzheimer's Poetry Project; Laurel Humble, Prime Time for Older Adults and Meet me at MoMA Alzheimer's Program, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Anna Goulding and Andrew Newman, Arts and Wellbeing in Older People research, Newcastle University UK; Stuart Kandell, Founder Stagebridge Theatre; Janet Morrison, CEO, Independent Age UK, Co-founder, Campaign to End Loneliness UK and Chair, Baring Foundation, UK; Susan Perlstein, Founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts. Additional international and Australian speakers and the conference program will be announced shortly.

Workshops will be held at the Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday 25 August 2015 and Plenary Sessions will be held at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 26 August and Thursday 27 August 2015. More details...


7th Annual Art of Good Health and Wellbeing International Arts and Health Conference

7th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing International Arts and Health Conference

The principal focus of the 2015 conference is The Arts, Mental Health and Resilience.

Submit your abstract online

Conference streams include:

  • Arts and Health in Hospitals
  • Creative Ageing and Aged Care
  • Community Arts and Health
  • Role for the Arts in Prisons, Veteran Affairs and Refugee Communities
  • Health Promotion and the Arts
  • Education and Training for Health and Arts Professionals
  • Arts and Health Research and Evaluation
  • Important Dates to Diarise

  • Call for Abstracts and Nominations for the 2015 Arts and Health Australia Awards for Excellence closes 31 July 2015
  • Conference Registrations Open 22 June 2015
  • Early Bird Registrations Close 30 September 2015
  • More details