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Healing Arts Conferences

Edinburgh, Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 August

Image: Martin Creed. Work No. 3435 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. 2020 © Martin Creed. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2023. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke


The Healing Arts Scotland conferences will take place in the National Gallery and the Edinburgh International Festival Hub on 19 and 20 August.

Speakers will include Sir Gregor Smith, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jill Sonke (One Nation/One Project), Sangeeta Isvaran (founder of Katradi NGO) and UK and international innovators in arts-in-health interventions. There will also be 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.