An International Arts & Wellbeing Conference 

‘Building Bridges’ in Applied Arts and Health, Education and Community:

FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT AND FUTURE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE JOURNAL OF APPLIED ARTS & HEALTH

7–10 August 2019
Ironbridge - Telford, Shropshire, England

In celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health (JAAH), the University of Wolverhampton collaborate in hosting an International Arts & Wellbeing Conference. The Conference is conveniently located in the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, England. With its vast array of Victorian monuments, museums and galleries it is a major historical destination. It is also home to the world’s first cast-iron bridge built in 1779 by Abraham Darby III and now recognised as one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution. This remarkable Iron Bridge still dominates the town that bears its name.

The Conference celebrates the arts and aims to build metaphoric bridges across the field by facilitating a diverse and lively programme of dialogue with an emphasis on creativity and wellbeing in education and community. The Conference focuses on applied arts practice, research, scholarship, expressive arts therapy, community and education, set within proximity to one of England’s most stunning heritage locations.

Who is the conference for?

The Conference explores common themes, concerns, possibilities across a range of organizations including expressive arts therapists, medical staff, artists, educators, researchers, policy makers, consultants, applied arts practitioners including integrative, multimodal arts processes for personal transformation, community development, heritage and wellbeing, social change and healing through the arts.

Presenters

Confirmed presenters so far include:

Prof. Laura Caulfield (UK),  Prof. Paul Crawford (UK),  Dr Patricia Fenner (Australia),  Dr Teresa Fisher (USA),  J. Todd Frazier (USA),  Professor Vicky Karkou,  Dr Debra Kalmanowitz (Israel),  Dr Mitchell Kossak (USA),  Dr Michael Lowis (UK),  Prof. Shaun McNiff (USA),  Prof. Emeritus Carole Miller (Canada),  Prof. Ross W. Prior (UK),  Dr Nisha Sajnani (USA),  Prof. Emeritus Juliana Saxton (Canada),  Dr Jacqueline Taylor (UK),  Dr Philip Taylor (USA),  Dr Michael Viega (USA),  Dr Daniel Vuillermin (China),  Dr Petronilla Whitfield (UK),  Prof. Yanyi Yang (China)

This list is growing daily and will be up-dated periodically.