Centre for Arts and Wellbeing

Research and enterprise from the University of Brighton


Drawing, health and wellbeing

Drawing can be used to learn, investigate, communicate, express and relieve suffering. It is used in a range of health and wellbeing contexts including the care of children with autism and people living with dementia, as a therapeutic activity in mental health settings, and as a form of mindfulness or meditation. Drawing is used as a method of communication between health professional and patient, helping to convey complex diagnostic information or illness experiences.

Everyday Creativity: Celebrating Practice, Exploring Legacies, and Forging New Paths Forwards

Conference hosted by The AHRC Everyday Creativity Research Network & Creative Lives  Thursday 26th September 2024 Cecil Sharp House, London, England An opportunity to share understandings and ways of working with, and for, everyday creativity and to celebrate everyday creative… Continue Reading →

Call for Submissions for the 2024 Everyday Creativity Conference

The 2024 Everyday Creativity Conference: Celebrating Practice, Exploring Legacies, and Forging New Paths Forwards Hosted by The AHRC Everyday Creativity Research Network and Creative Lives   Thursday 26th September 2024 Cecil Sharp House, London   The 2024 Everyday Creativity Conference… Continue Reading →

A Day of Drawing: exploring drawing as a method symposium | 29th March 10.00-5.00 Grand Parade, University of Brighton

The symposium A day of drawing: exploring drawing as method in research and practice took place on 29th March in Grand Parade, City Campus, Brighton. This event attracted an audience of  40 students, local artists and academics and featured: 1000 – 10.15      Philippa… Continue Reading →

The Orange Collective | creative approaches to wellbeing

The Orange Collective focuses on creative approaches to wellbeing for communities and individuals, involving artists and mental health practitioners. They offer workshops and training https://orangecollective.co.uk/workshops using the arts (drawing, storytelling, drama and dance), reflective practice and clinical supervision, plus bi-monthly… Continue Reading →

Draw Dancers

Draw Dancers is a series of charity fundraiser online life drawing classes, focussing on quick poses, gesture and movement. The next session is on 5th December and will be raising money for the Grassroots suicide prevention charity. Pay what you… Continue Reading →

Brighton & Hove Arts & Health network | December event

The network for Brighton & Hove based freelance artists and health practitioners working in the arts and health sector has its pre-Christmas meeting on 14th December, 10–12.00. It will involve networking, reflecting, planning for 2023 and a creative activity run by… Continue Reading →

Drawing and health publications news

Why should we turn to drawing to benefit our health or sustain our wellbeing? Philippa Lyon and University of Brighton PhD graduate, consultant educationalist and drawing researcher Curie Scott are editing a book that aims to investigate the research evidence… Continue Reading →

Drawing with plants

Wellbeing and healing through drawing with plants was the focus of a workshop run by Dr Edina Husanovic on 17th November 2022.  Edina shared the experience of creating a book of drawings with staff and students, using the dye garden… Continue Reading →

Alex Fitch reports on designing games packaging and raising money for LGBTQI+ groups in the Ukraine

A hobby I have outside of my research and teaching at the University is collecting old video games. Specifically, and this is something I started again during lockdown after a number of years, games for a pretty obscure games console… Continue Reading →

Report | Graphic Brighton, 27-28 May 2022

Co-organiser, Barbara Chamberlin, reports on the many successes of Graphic Brighton 2022 Graphic Brighton is a comics symposium that has run annually (aside from the pandemic) since 2014 and brings together comics creators, publishers, academics, students and the general public,… Continue Reading →

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