The Art of Good Health & Wellbeing International Conferences 2009-2018

10th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Port Macquarie NSW 2018
12 – 15 November 2018
Glasshouse Arts Centre and Sails Hotel, Port Macquarie

The conference program will be published online in November 2018.

Special Guests:  
Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO, Patron of the Australian Centre for Arts and Health
Leslie Williams,
NSW Member for Port Macquarie and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health
Archie Roach AM,
acclaimed Australian singer and songwriter

International speakers include Alice Thwaite, Director, Equal Arts, Newcastle UK;  Gary Glazner, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, New York USA; Dr Gary Christenson MD, Director Mental Health, Boynton Health Services, University of Minnesota USA; Persephone Sextou, Reader in Applied Theatre, Newman University, Birmingham UK and author of the book “Theatre for Children in Hospitals, the gift of compassion”.

9th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Sydney 2015
30 October – 1 November 2017
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Conference Program (PDF)
This conference presented on the following topics: Overcoming Trauma through the Arts; Arts in Hospitals, Healthcare and Health Promotion; Creative Ageing Programs and Research; Creative Writing and Poetry; Medical Humanities; Mental Health and Creative Engagement; Mental Health and Young People; Dance for Seniors; Health Research and Theatre; Music and Health; Living with Disability; Art and Dementia; Health and Artists; Community Art and Empowerment; Arts Programs in Prisons; Arts on Prescription. 

International Speakers included Francois Matarasso, Artist, Producer, Researcher, Writer, Trainer, Nottingham UK; Emma Lazenby, Producer, Animated Films and Founding Director, ForMed, Bristol UK; Michelle Weiner, Artist and Creative Ageing Consultant, Community Engagement Manager, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London UK; Andrea Creech, Professor of Didactique Instrumentale, Faculty of Music and Canada Research Chair, Music in Community, Université Laval, Québec City, Canada; David Savill, Artistic Director Age Exchange, London UK; George Belliveau, Professor of Theatre/Drama Education, University of British Columbia, Canada; Marv Westwood, Professor Emeritus of Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada; Phillip Lopestri,  Military Veteran and Officer Cadet, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada; Post-Grad Student, Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada; Foster Eastman, Multi-media artist and musician, Vancouver, Canada; Christine Mulligan, Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust, Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals, New Zealand; Dr Audun Myskja, Specialist in Family Medicine, Author, Musician, Researcher; Lecturer, Supervisor of The National Competence Centre for Arts and Health and Care Sciences, Norway; Advisor to The Norwegian National Resource Centre for Arts and Health, Norway; Anne Mondro, Artist and Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Art & Design, Minneapolis, USA; Lisa Brickell, Director of Funny Business, Auckland, New Zealand; Vegar Rangul, Specialist in Public Health, General Practice, Behavioural Epidemiology, Associate Professor, Nord University and Chairman of The Norwegian Centre of Arts and Health, Norway; Michael Tan Koon Boon, Artist, Educator, Researcher; Assistant Professor at the School of Art,Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Liesbeth Briers, Founder, Lizzie Bee, Hong Kong; Bente Irene Lokken, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Lecturer, Public Health, Nord University, Norway.

8th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Sydney 2015
16 – 18 November 2016
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Conference Program (PDF)
This conference presented on the following topics: Mental Health and the Arts; Health and Arts Policy; Palliative Care; Arts and Health in Primary and Acute Care:

Susan Perlstein, Founder Elders Share the Arts New York and Founder and Director, Education and Training, National Center for Creative Ageing and Director, Artful Ageing Associates, USA; Stuart Kandell, Founder, Stagebridge Theatre USA and Director, Artful Ageing Associates, USA; Evan Dawson, Executive Director, Live Music Now, UK; Emma Lazenby, Grace Cheng, Director, Art in Hospital and Community Art Network, and Co-Chair, Program Committee, Disables Association Hong Kong; Mickey Choi, Art in Hospital, Hong Kong; Taimi Allan, CEO Changing Minds, Auckland NZ; Wenche Torrissen, Associate Professor of Drama, Volda University College, Norway; Catharine Salmon, Principal Academic Staff Member, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nelson, Aotearoa, New Zealand; Paul Cann, Chief Executive, Age UK Oxfordshire, co-founder, Campaign to End Loneliness and a Director, Creative Dementia Arts Network UK; Kate Duncan, Creative Programme Manager, City Arts, Nottingham UK; Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; Annette Dickinson, Senior Lecturer, and Associate Director, Child Health Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand; Hsiu Li Tan, Art Therapist, Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Singapore; She Chi Wong, Social Worker and Arts & Dementia Program Executive, Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Singapore; Theresa Van With, Assistant Professor and Clinical Co-ordinator, Art Therapy Program, Florida State University, USA

7th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Sydney 2015
17 – 19 November 2015
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Conference Program (PDF)
This conference included the following topics: Arts on Prescription and Social Prescribing; Cultural Determinants of Wellbeing; Creative Ageing Programs and Research; Arts and Dementia; Women’s Circus; Music and Social Dance programs; Medical Humanities; Arts in Hospitals and Health Promotion; Homelessness; Disability; Mental Health and Young People; Creative Arts and Health Festivals; Aboriginal health; the Patient Experience; Community Arts and Health; Veterans Health.

International Speakers included Karin Diamond and Alison O’Connor, Founding co-Directors, Re-Live, Cardiff, Wales UK;  Anna Goulding, Research Associate, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, UK; Errol Francis, Artistic Director, Mental Health Foundation, London UK; Norsuhana Omar, Medical Physiology Lecturer, Medical Faculty, University of Science, Malaysia; Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; Kerry Wilson, Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC), University of Liverpool & Liverpool John Moores University.

Celebrate Creative Ageing International Conference, Sydney 2015 
August 2015
Sydney Opera House, NSW
Conference Program (PDF)

International speakers included Anne Basting, Educator and Artist, Department of Theatre, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee USA and Founding Director, Time Slips Creative Storytelling Project; Janet Morrison, Chief Executive, Independent Age UK, Co-founder, Campaign to End Loneliness, Chair, Baring Foundation London UK; Gary Glazner, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, New York USA; Dominic Campbell, Artistic Director and Producer, Creative Ageing International, UK;  Laurel Humble, Educator, Community and Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York USA; Brad Lichenstein, Filmmaker, Wisconsin USA; Gabbie Masters, Project Leader, Long Live Arts, The Netherlands; Emma Robinson, Arts and Creativity Programme Manager, AGE Cymru and Director, Gwanwyn Creative Ageing Festival, Wales, UK, Ed Watts, Engagement Manager, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester UK; Andrew Newman, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, School of Arts and Culture, University of Newcastle UK

6th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Melbourne 2014
11 – 13 November 2014
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Conference Program (PDF)
This conference presented best practice and innovative arts and health programs, effective health promotion and prevention campaigns, methods of project evaluation and scientific research.

International speakers included Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University UK;  Janet Morrison, Chief Executive, Independent Age UK, Co-founder, Campaign to End Loneliness, Chair, Baring Foundation London UK; Sam Porter, Professor, Chair of Nursing Research and Acting Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland UK; Helen Currier, Director Renal Services and Palliaitive Care; Texas Children’s Hospital, Teas USA; Anne O’Connor, Arts Participation Adviser, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin IE; Dominic Campbell, Artistic Director and Producer, Creative Ageing International, UK;  Raquel Chapin Stephenson, Assistant Professor, Art Therapy Program, Leslie University, Cambridge Massachusetts USA; Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; Dr Wendy Stewart, Pediatric Neurologist and Humanities Co-ordinator, Dalhousie Medicine, Dalhousie University, New Brunswick, Quispamsis NB, Canada; Mark Mulqueen, Arts Co-ordinator, Room for You and Marcia Ley, Team Member Room for You and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear UK; Pat Spadafora, Director, Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, Oakville, Ontario Canada. 

5th  Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Sydney 2013
12 – 14 November 2013
College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of NSW and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Conference Program (PDF)
This conference offered a special stream dedicated to Creative Ageing, supported by the Office for Ageing, Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Government.
Conference topics also included: Arts, Poetry and Dementia; Clowning; Robotics; Palliative Care; Arts in Hospitals and Health Promotion; Aboriginal Design; International Practice and Research Collaborations; Health Plays and Clinical Education; 

David Cutler, Director, Baring Foundation UK; Alice Thwaite, Director, Equal Arts, Newcastle UK; Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University UK; Dominic Campbell, Artistic Director and Producer, Creative Ageing International, UK; Gary Glazner, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, New York USA; Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; Alice Thwaite, Director, Equal Arts, Newcastle UK; Dr Gary Christenson MD, Director Mental Health, Boynton Health Services, University of Minnesota USA; Cathy Treadaway, Reader in Creative Practice and Research Leader, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales UK; Anna Goulding, Research Associate, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University UK; Andrew Newman, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University UK; Jane Goh, Association for Mental Health, Singapore;  Dr Paul D’Alessandro, General Surgery Resident, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada; Liesbeth Briers, Founder, Lizzie Bee, Hong Kong; Valli Pillai-Batchelor, Educator and Artist, Saudi Arabia; Angela Long, Co-founding Director, Arts Fission Company, Singapore; Steve Lang, Senior Lecturer, Counselling and Guidance Education Program, Massey University, New Zealand; Paul Miller, Founding Director, Circus Mojo, Kentucky USA; Claire Ford, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; Kar Was Tang and Hwee Hwee Loo, National University Hospital, Singapore; Anne Mondro, Associate Professor, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan USA.

4th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Fremantle 2012
26 – 29 November 2012
Notre Dame University, Fremantle, WA
Conference Program (PDF)
Key areas of focus included Arts and Health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, Mental Health, Creative Ageing and Arts and Health and Disability.

International speakers included Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University UK; Mary Robson, Artist, Social Educator and Arts/Health Consultant and Associate for Arts in Health and Education at the Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Durham UK; Alison Clough, Director, Pioneer Projects and Looking Well Centre, Bentham UK; Matthew Bede Murphy, Art Gallery for Adult Artists and Disabilities, New York UK; Carrie McGee, Educator, Community and Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York USA; Wendy Gallagher, Arts for Health Programme Manager, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, University of Manchester UK; Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; Dr Gary Christenson MD, Director Mental Health, Boynton Health Services, University of Minnesota; Danny McCubbin, Community and Social Media Editor, www.JamieOliver.com, UK; Elaine Burke, Arts and Health Consultant and formerly Manager, Arts and Health, National Health Service UK; Yvonne Farquharson, Breathe Arts Health research and Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London UK; Michael Koon Boon Tan, Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Maria Parsons, Creative Dementia Arts Network, Oxford UK; Evelyna Liang Kan, Art for All, Hong Kong.

 

Suzanne Ruth Vesty, Director, Spark Studio, Auckland NZ.

 

3rd  Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Canberra 2011
14 – 17 November 2011
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Conference Program (PDF)
The 2011 Conference had a special focus on mental health and creative ageing, including programs for people with dementia and their carers; as well as workplace wellbeing programs; arts and health programs for Aboriginal communities; the built environment, design and health; medical education and medical humanities

International speakers included Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University UK; Dr Gerri Frager, Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care Centre and Director, Medical Humanities HEALS Program, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada;  Alice Thwaite, Director, Equal Arts, Newcastle UK; Dominic Campbell, Artistic Director, Bealtaine Creative Ageing Festival, Ireland; Carrie McGee, Educator, Community and Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York USA; Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK;  Sharon Woodworth, Architect and Nurse, Senior Associate, Anshen+Allen, San Francisco USA; Bernie Warren, Professor of Drama in Education and Community, University of Windsor, and founder, Fools for Health, Canada; Victoria Hume, rb&h Arts, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College, London UK; Wendy Gallagher, Arts for Health Programme Manager, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, University of Manchester UK; Bob Carey-Grieve, Art in Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland UK; Dr Gary Christenson MD, Director Mental Health, Boynton Health Services, University of Minnesota; Michael Koon Boon Tan, Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

2nd Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Melbourne 2010
16 – 19 November 2010
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Conference Program (PDF)
The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, 2nd Annual International Arts and Health Conference presented best practice and innovative arts and health practice and programs, examples of effective healthcare promotion, methods of project evaluation and data from scientific research. The 2010 Conference included a focus on arts and health programs and health promotion for children and youth; the built environment, design and health; while maintaining a core focus on mental health and creative ageing. 

Guest Speaker: Patrick McGorry AO, Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health research Centre, co-founder, headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation and 2010 Australian of the Year.

International speakers included Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University UK; Mary Robson, Artist, Social Educator and Arts/Health Consultant and Associate for Arts in Health and Education at the Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Durham UK; Sally Denman, Administrator, Arts in Mental Health Program, Napa State Hospital, California USA; Anne Marie Freybourg, Director, DRK Hospitals Art Programme, Berlin, Germany; Carrie McGee, Educator, Community and Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York USA; Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; Dr Gary Christenson MD, Director Mental Health, Boynton Health Services, University of Minnesota; Naj Wikoff, Emeritus President, Society for Arts in Healthcare, Washington DC USA; Donna Glassford, Executive Director, Cultural Enrichment, Vanderbilt University Medical Center USA; Sheila Grace, Arts Director, St James Hospital, Dublin Ireland; Gwawe If an, School of Music, Bangor University, Gwynedd, Wales UK; Sophia Suk-mun Law, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Studies; Lingnan University, Hong Kong; Michael Koon Boon Tan, Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Suzanne Ruth Vesty, Director, Spark Studio, Auckland NZ.

1st Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Port Macquarie 2009
11 – 13 November 2009
Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Conference Program (PDF)
The inaugural Art of Good Health and Wellbeing Conference presented best practice and innovative arts and health practice and programs, examples of effective healthcare promotion, methods of project evaluation and data from scientific research. The 2010 Conference included a focus on arts and health programs and health promotion for children and youth; the built environment, design and health; while maintaining a core focus on mental health and creative ageing.

International speakers included Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University UK; Alison Clough, Director, Pioneer Projects and Looking Well Centre, Bentham UK; Alice Thwaite, Director, Equal Arts, Newcastle UK; Carrie McGee, Educator, Community and Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York USA; Gary Glazner, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, New York USA; Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; Dr Gary Christenson MD, Director Mental Health, Boynton Health Services, University of Minnesota; Susan Perlstein, Founder Elders Share the Arts New York and Founder and Director, Education and Training, National Center for Creative Ageing; Paula Terry, Director, Office for AccessAbility, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC USA; Naj Wikoff, Emeritus President, Society for Arts in Healthcare, Washington DC USA; Cheryl Dileo, Professor of Music Therapy and Director, Arts and Quality of Life Research Centre, Temple University, Philadelphia USA; Joke Brandt, Assistant Director, Arts and Quality of Life Research Centre, Temple University, Philadelphia USA; Mary Grehan, Arts Director, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Ireland; Marian Naidoo, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Bath UK; Dr Jeffrey Levine MD, Geriatrician and Photographer, New York USA; Guy Noble, Arts Curator, University College London Hospital, UK.