The Cultural Institute is investigating the connections between arts and health. We’re bringing together researchers and artists to explore humanity’s most pressing questions around arts, health and wellbeing. 

Our researchers are exploring fields including sports science, medical humanities, the history of medicine and impact-orientated humanities research. 

We are sparking collaborations with a range of cultural partners to harness this wealth of activity. We will act as a broker with the creative and cultural sector, strengthening existing partnerships and helping to create new ones. We are organising a number of events, workshops, presentations and conferences.

Arts and health conference

On Thursday 20 June 2019 we will be hosting a Young People, the Arts, and Mental Health conference at our Nexus building on campus.  

We will be investigating how we can improve children and young people’s mental health through cultural participation. We will be sharing research, evidence, policy and practice with practitioners, researchers and young people themselves. 

Who should attend?

  • educators
  • youth workers
  • public health practitioners
  • people with lived experience
  • researchers, artists
  • cultural sector professionals 
  • third sector organisations 

The programme will give delegates the opportunity to network, with the aim to nurture collaborations leading to independent projects. There will be opportunities for you to:

  • Connect with professionals working in this area to build partnerships 
  • Be inspired by case-studies of pioneering arts and health initiatives
  • Share your research with a diverse audience
  • Showcase the work of the cultural sector in Leeds and beyond
  • Engage with funders and policy stakeholders
Please email culturalinstitute@leeds.ac.uk to register your place.

Arts and Health and Wellbeing Network

We are developing a city-wide Arts and Health and Wellbeing Network, in partnership with Leeds City Council and other organisations across Leeds. The network aims to connect clinicians and public health bodies with a range of organisations and arts professionals who are engaging in arts and health activities in Leeds. It will facilitate discussion between different sectors and enable its members to form collaborative groups in areas of shared interest.

Clinicians and public health practitioners, people who use arts and health services, their families, researchers who are investigating health and wellbeing through the lens of arts and culture, artists whose practice broadly addresses issues of health and wellbeing, creative and cultural sector professionals and third sector organisations are all invited to sign up to the network.

Past events

In June 2018, over 120 delegates attended the Institute’s inaugural ‘Arts & Health’ symposium. Researchers from ten academic schools rubbed intellectual shoulders with artists, creative and cultural sector professionals, public health practitioners and third sector organisations. 

Keynote speakers included: 

  • Sir Alan Langlands, our Vice Chacellor and the former CEO of the NHS
  • Ian Cameron, Director of Public Health at Leeds City Council 
  • Rob Webster, CEO of South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust