Annual Conference

31st Oct – 1st Nov 2019, Plymouth

Colourful Banner that says 'Creativity at the Heart of Human Flourishing;


The Arts & Health South West Annual Conference 2019 will run over two days, on the theme of Creativity at the Heart of Human Flourishing.

Time and Place


Thursday 31st October & Friday 1st November 2019

Start time:

9am-10am registration

End time:

by 5pm


Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP.

Visitor information is available here.


We are preparing an accessibility pack for this event which will be pasted here as a link soon, and emailed to all delegates before the event. If you have any specific access-related questions please email General Manager Hannah at

Tea, Coffee and Lunch will be provided.



Developing a collaborative regional strategy for arts and health, and Annual General Meeting

Introduction: Our collaborative regional strategy identifies loneliness, mental health and social prescribing as regional priorities.

Collaboration: At what geographic scale does collaboration between arts and health providers and practitioners make sense to you?

We will learn about collaborative work in three different localities: the Community Connections social prescribing project in South Ward in Weston-super-Mare; work across Torbay led by Torbay Culture; and strategic initiatives with Cornwall County Council.

Steve Brown, Deputy Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will give a keynote with Jayne Howard, Director of Arts Well UK CIC. We also have Francis Mason, Head of Partnerships, People and Housing at Torbay Council speaking with Cat Radford from Torbay Culture about their partnership work. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the Community Connections Social Prescribing project in South Ward, Weston-super-Mare, involving Alliance Homes, the For All Healthy Living Centre and Theatre Orchard. Delegates will have lots of opportunities to engage with and contribute to the development of our collaborative regional strategy.

Co-production: how do we ensure that people with lived experience of ill-health are part of our discussions and plans at every stage? Panel discussion

Breakout sessions will give you an opportunity to contribute to the development of the regional strategy and to get creative.


Partnership with Public Health England South West: Loneliness and Mental Health

On October 1st & 8th Public Health England South West and Arts & Health South West will lead webinars on how arts and culture can help tackle loneliness. Find out about the webinars here. We will build on these webinars in a day of talks and discussions on Day 2 of the AHSW Annual Conference.


  • Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor at University College London – Using the arts to tackle loneliness and mental illness: findings from UK research and global policy implications
  • Charlene Mulhern, National Programme Manager for Public Health England

Breakout sessions will offer opportunities to make connections with people working across the fields of arts, culture, health and social care

Booking Your Ticket

Ticket Prices:

1-Day Tickets

Concessions (10 available per day) £40

available until 23rd October


Early Bird (AHSW Members) £55

available until 27th September


Early Bird (Regular) £60

available until 27th September


Standard (AHSW Members) £65

available until 23rd October


Standard £70

available until 23rd October

2-Day Tickets

Standard £110

available until 23rd October



Tickets can be purchased via the link in the box below.

To book a 2-day ticket, please select DAY 1 and then select 2-Day ticket from the ticket options.

For all other tickets please select the preferred date and then the ticket type.

To pay by invoice, please select ‘request invoice’ at the point of payment and proceed with your booking – a member of Arts & Health South West staff will email you your invoice within 3 working days. Please make sure all invoices are paid before the event start date.

External Link


Tickets are available via our Eventbrite Page.


You might also be interested in...

WEBINAR: Creativity at the Heart of Wellbeing: How can the arts help reduce loneliness?

Arts & Health South West is offering two free webinars with Public Health England on 1st & 8th October 2019. Find out more here.

Connecting Through Creativity: Tackling Loneliness

AHSW is raising funds this Christmas to help end loneliness, and you can help! Find out more here.

Don't forget to keep an eye on our INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2021!

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