Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference
Our third and final International Conference was delivered on 21st, 22nd & 23rd June 2021
Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021 (CHW21)
INEQUALITY * POWER * SUSTAINABILITY
In partnership with the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Thank you to everyone who presented, attended, and gave so much to our third and final Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference (CHW21).
A special thank you to the Conference Committee and to Professor Norma Daykin for her work on the Research Proceedings, to the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance for all their support, as well as to our other Conference Partners including UWE Bristol, Tampere University, and University College London. Our small charity couldn’t have put on such a large international event without ongoing funding support from Arts Council England.
CHW21 was delivered online from 21st-23rd June 2021, and was attended by over 500 speakers and delegates from 30 countries.
During the global crisis, the arts and creativity have helped us navigate uncertainty and been agents of hope. At CHW21 we wanted to provide a space for exploring our individual and collective experiences and articulating a vision for the future. The conference showcased inspiring work from across the field and encouraged lively debates informed by different perspectives on the arts, creativity, culture, health, wellbeing and inequalities. We placed lived experience and co-production at the heart of the programme, and the conference spanned policy, research and practice and learning from across the whole ecosystem.
Much of the work reflected the impact of the pandemic and the conference was an opportunity to reach across the world and tell stories of our different experiences while finding joy in sharing connection.
INEQUALITY * POWER * SUSTAINABILITY – were our main themes for the conference, and it covered many issues including:
- Access to the arts and culture and cultural democracy
- Community development, grass-roots and asset-based approaches
- Co-production and participation
- Funding and resources
- Health and social care and arts and cultural structures and systems
- Health inequalities and social determinants of health
- Inclusion and exclusion
- Informing a critical research agenda
- Local, national and international networks
- Planet health and people’s health
- Public Health
- Practitioner and staff health and wellbeing
- Resilience, prevention and early intervention
- Social movements and radical change
- Training, education and professional development
The CHW21 programme was designed to engage audiences from around the world with key notes in the morning, afternoon and evening and interactive sessions that took into account different time zones for presenters and audiences. Drawing on over 200 submissions from 20 countries, there were 100+ live sessions and 10 country panels from around the world.
During the event attendees were able to join live discussions, attend interactive workshops, as well enjoy networking in the Social Lounge and a range of performances and films. CHW21 tickets also gave delegates full access to recordings of sessions on demand.
Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference – Research Proceedings
This collection of Research Proceedings, edited by Norma Daykin and Alex Coulter, includes 49 research abstracts that were accepted after a peer review process for the CHW21 conference. A wealth of current research is presented within, including literature reviews, analysis of data from large surveys, theoretical contributions, methodology papers, quantitative studies, qualitative research and process evaluation.
The abstracts reflect a wide range of arts and cultural activities including singing, instrumental music making, museum-based activities, visual arts, creative writing, digital arts, theatre, performance-based projects and creative learning. The studies include data from research participants in many countries, with authors from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US.
Cap O’Rushes Commission
As part of the opening event for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference on 21st June 2021, we were excited to premiere a new AHSW commission – Cap O’Rushes by British award-winning Composer, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian.
Based on the story of Cap O’Rushes a rare version of a folktale from Suffolk, Cevanne worked with three inclusive ensembles – BSO Resound, Ensemble Juvenil de Setúbal, and HeadSpace Ensemble to bring her composition to life. Within the framework of three ‘movements’ or ‘acts’ reflecting POWER | EXILE | RECONCILE, each ensemble explored one compositional movement, and through the course of these movements the music charts the narrative’s transition from exile to reunion with brass, strings, percussion and electronic instruments.
Inspired by gestures, sounds, and imagery of the Cap O’Rushes story, the composition was visually woven together with dance and film footage from UNIT, a collaborative duo consisting of a Choreographer and Film Director.
Filmed individually and in line with Coronavirus restrictions, the project offered a space for collaboration and creative practice, as well as showcasing the impact inclusive music making can have even within the most challenging of times.
The Cap O’Rushes production was made possible with support by Stichting Horizon.
CHW21 PAY-IT-FORWARD SCHEME
As part of our Pay-It-Forward Scheme for the conference, we offered Arts in Medicine Fellows in Africa free places. The Arts in Medicine Fellowship is currently leading the largest arts in health network on the continent of Africa with 13 countries represented and over 400 members.
Offering Fellows free delegate spaces to the conference was a valuable opportunity for Fellows who are working in remote parts of Africa to engage with people who are in need of healing in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Read more about the Pay-It-Forward scheme here.
We want to say a special thank all those delegates and exhibitor’s who supported this scheme through buying additional ticket add on’s and sponsorship. A special thank you to the following organisations who supported us as Booth Exhibitors, and who through their sponsored Booth supported pay-it-forward places.
Our Booth Exhibitors
LEARNING FROM CHW21
With over 500 delegates from across the world attending over 100+ live sessions, the conference conversations around our key themes were rich and inspiring. Informed by different perspectives spanning policy, research, practice, lived experience and co-production, we feel these lively debates around INEQUALITY * POWER * SUSTAINABILITY should not end even though the conference is over, therefore we will be continuing these conversations across a number of our platforms and events over the forthcoming months.
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The Culture, Health and Wellbeing International conference happens every four years, the 2017 Culture, Health and Wellbeing International conference involved over 400 delegates and speakers from 23 countries.
“This conference has, without a doubt, changed my life. Experiencing a range of approaches has given me invaluable insight and inspiration and challenged my thinking on different areas of arts and health. I’ve also learnt a lot about myself. Met some great visionaries too.” – Conference delegate feedback.
You can read or download the full report here as a PDF, or read it online below.
Across spring and summer 2021, Arts & Health South West, the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance, and London Arts in Health Forum came together with many other partners to stage a series of events celebrating the power of creativity and culture to transform our health and wellbeing, these included CHW21 as well as:
21-23 April 2021: A Culture of Care: CHWA National Conference
17-24 May 2021: Creativity & Wellbeing Week – A National Festival
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