Centre for Behaviour Change


A Cultural Tonic: Using the arts to promote health.

Start: Mar 14, 2018 06:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2018 07:30 PM

Location: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH


Please join us for an upcoming UCL Centre for Behaviour Change event on: ‘A Cultural Tonic: Using the arts to promote health.’

There is growing appreciation of the potential individual and societal benefits of engaging in activities related to the arts and culture, such as music, literature, visual arts, dance, and visiting museums.

This seminar will focus on raising awareness and understanding as to how:

  1. Engaging with, and experiencing, the arts can lead to better health (i.e. ‘art as a health behaviour’); and
  2. Arts-based interventions can improve health related behaviours and outcomes (i.e. ‘arts as a health intervention’).

Sponsored by the British Academy, the event will be held on March 14th 2018, from 18:00 to 19:30 at the Institute of Child Health (30 Guilford St, London WC1N 1EH).

The event is open to all, and we encourage attendance from a range of academics, practitioners, and policy makers. The event will be preceded by an early career researcher training event in conjunction with the Arts Health Early Career Research Network.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Introduction: Prof Helen Chatterjee, Head of Research and Teaching, UCL Culture & Professor of Biology, UCL Biosciences: ‘The arts, health and wellbeing landscape – Launch of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’
  • Research perspective: Dr Daisy Fancourt, Wellcome Research Fellow – ‘Psychological, physiological, social and behavioural research into the effects of the arts on health’
  • Practice perspective: Jules Ford, Senior Programme Manager & Matt Pearce, Public Health Lead, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group – ‘Social Prescribing and Cultural Commissioning: Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’
  • Policy perspective: Dr Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt, King’s College London, Researcher to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing – ‘Creative Health: results from a two year political inquiry’
  • Q&A panel session and discussion: Discussant: Prof Robert West, UCL. Chair: Prof Susan Michie, UCL – ‘Opportunities and challenges for applying behavioural science to the arts and preventative health.’

The talks will be followed by a drinks reception, to provide networking and collaboration opportunities for colleagues interested in these questions.Register your place here.