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Healing Arts Scotland Conference

19 & 20 August 2024 The Hub - Edinburgh International Festival, The National Galleries of Scotland, The National Portrait Gallery. Events in-person and online.

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The HAS Conference, in Edinburgh on 19th & 20th August and Glasgow on 21st August will feature Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Sir Gregor Smith, as well as leading international arts health figures, including four specially curated panels as part of the Festival of Politics at Scottish Parliament. Sessions will focus on Healing Arts Scotland's key themes of loneliness and isolation, dementia, young peoples' mental health, social prescribing and arts in confined spaces. Each programme will bring together senior policymakers, health practitioners and researchers to discuss the wide-ranging health benefits of the arts on society and its implementation in formal spheres (hospitals) and within communities. By fostering a positive dialogue around the role of the arts in wellbeing, the outcomes of the conference hope to lead to the inclusion and the championing of the arts in NHS Scotland, and other community driven initiatives.

Conference speakers include:

Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization and a founding co-director of the Jameel Arts and Health Lab;
Dr Jill Sonke, from the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida;
Dr Nils Fietje (also founding co-director of the Jameel Arts and Health Lab) and Calum Smith from the Behavioural and Cultural Insights Unit at the WHO Regional Office for Europe;
Dr Daisy Fancourt, Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology at University College London;
Sangeeta Isvaran, dancer-performer and founder of the Wind Dancers Trust, who has developed the Katradi method, working in marginalised, underprivileged communities using arts in education, empowerment and conflict resolution across 30 countries;
Kunle Adewale, Founder and Executive Director of the Arts in Medicine Projects and the Global Arts in Medicine Fellowship;
Magdalena Schamberger, theatre director, who collaborates with people living with dementia to create accessible performances in theatres, care homes and other settings;
Fiona O’Sullivan, Director of Children’s Wellbeing for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity;
Agustin Ibanez, Argentinean neuroscientist and Director of the Latin American Brain Health Institute at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile), interested in global approaches to dementia and social, cognitive and affective neuroscience;
Dr Nisha Sajnani, Associate Professor at the Steinhardt School at New York University and founding co-director of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab who is leading the Lancet global series on the health benefits of the arts together in collaboration with the WHO. The conference will also highlight the innovative arts and health work happening in Scotland. 
Siobhan McConnachie, National Galleries of Scotland - Head of Learning & Engagement
Tracey Stewart, Rowan Alba CARDS
Sam Rutherford, Independent artist / Rowan Alba CARDS
Meg Faragher, National Galleries of Scotland - Communities Learning Coordinator
Maro Psyrra, National Galleries of Scotland - Communities & Access Coordinator
Iona McCann, Art in Healthcare – Room for Art

 

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Moving Minds Immersive Conference, May 2022

Image Credit: Courtesy of Scottish Ballet

Moving Minds Immersive Conference, May 2022

Image Credit: Courtesy of Scottish Ballet

Moving Minds Immersive Conference, May 2022

Image Credit: Courtesy of Scottish Ballet

Moving Minds Immersive Conference, May 2022

Image Credit: Courtesy of Scottish Ballet

Moving Minds Immersive Conference, May 2022

Image Credit: Courtesy of Scottish Ballet

Moving Minds Immersive Conference, May 2022

Image Credit: Courtesy of Scottish Ballet