Winter School 2018

Is Creativity Good for Health and Wellbeing?

21st – 23rd March 2018

In 2018 we worked together over two days, facilitated by lead artist, Sarah Desmarais, and lead researcher, Professor Paul Dieppe, Emeritus Professor of Health and Wellbeing and Trustee of Arts & Health South West.

This two-day pilot was intended to inform plans for a ‘Winter School’ (subsequently called Spring School) for future years. It is part of Arts & Health South West’s Arts learning programme and has been funded by the Fine Family Foundation.

Sarah Desmarais facilitated creative activities in response to the natural environment of Durlston Country Park.

Sarah is a textile designer maker, crafts researcher, arts facilitator and mindfulness-based psychotherapist.

Who Applied

Participants were based in the South West region.

  • 2 artists, experienced in arts and health delivery and keen to develop their understanding of research
  • 2 healthcare professionals who have a particular interest in arts and health
  • 2 researchers, at any stage of their career but with a particular interest in arts and health

It was FREE to participate in this pilot year.

2018 Programme (archive)

Download/view here: AHSW Winter School Programme PDF

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