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Reminder: Only two weeks to submit your abstracts for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference

Date uploaded: December 5, 2012

Only two weeks to submit your abstracts!

The deadline for submissions of abstracts for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference in Bristol from 24th-26th June 2013 is December 21st.

Abstracts for Oral Presentation; Poster Presentation; Participatory Workshops and Performance/Film are welcomed.

You are invited to submit abstracts relating to any of the conference themes. The conference is not prescriptive about the scope of these themes and recognise that there are lively debates around definitions of culture and the arts, the social determinants of health, wellbeing and health inequalities. Abstracts that provoke new ways of researching, conceptualising and creating and will encourage delegates to question assumptions and learn about different approaches to current issues and areas of practice are particularly welcomed. As well as addressing the themes there is an interest in abstracts that:

  • Inform the development or effectiveness of arts and health practice
  • Advance understanding of participants' experiences of participatory arts for health/wellbeing (including artists' experiences)
  • Advance knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of arts and culture on health and wellbeing
  • Inform the development of health, arts and cultural policy in relation to health and wellbeing
  • Advance the development of methodologies for arts and health research

Conference themes:

  • Healthy and Creative Ageing
  • Global Health Inequalities and Culture
  • Culture and the Social Determinants of Wellbeing

With a particular focus on:

  • The latest research and new methodologies
  • The dissemination of international research and evaluation


  • Local, regional, national, and international policy development
  • Developing national and international collaborations and networks


  • Museums and Health
  • Arts in healthcare settings
  • Arts and health promotion/prevention


You may submit multiple abstracts but each abstract must be submitted on a separate form. You may also apply to present your abstract in various formats; each format application must be submitted on a separate form.

When submitting your abstract you will be asked to select either Oral Presentation; Poster Presentation; Participatory Workshop or Performance /Film.

You will then be asked to select either Research or Practice. Policy as a particular focus of the conference will primarily be covered by keynotes and invited speakers but this does not preclude the submission of Research or Practice abstracts that deal with issues of policy.

Oral Presentations will be grouped in sessions with at least three presenters and time for questions with a facilitated discussion. Oral presentations will be allocated 15 minutes each. Submissions may be research papers or practice based reports about arts and health research, policy and practice.

Poster Presentations (size A1) will be displayed in the main conference centre. Please indicate whether your poster is portrait or landscape format. Click here for more information.

Participatory Workshops will be for 1 hour. Abstracts should indicate the optimum number of participants and any particular space or facilities required.

Performances and Films can be for any length up to 30 minutes. Abstracts should indicate the optimum audience numbers and any particular space or facilities required.

Please note: delegates whose abstracts are accepted will need to register and pay for the conference.

All abstracts should be no more than 500 words plus a CV of no more than 500 words. Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the conference committee but will not be blind reviewed so please feel free to include the names of your research team.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is midnight on Friday December 21st 2012.

You will be notified by February 20th and if you are successful in your submission you will need to register for the conference (if you haven't already done so) by the Early Bird deadline of February 28th.

Submission: Please click here to submit your abstract

Visit www.culturehealthwellbeing.org.uk/abstracts.aspx