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November 2020 saw a wide spectrum of people from Arts, Health and Social Care coming together to discuss key developments within the sectors and explore how Brighton and Hove can achieve its' ambition to become a Centre of Excellence for Arts, Health & Wellbeing.
The conference took the form of a series of bite-sized morning sessions, via zoom, over 4 days. BSL interpreters were present throughout and sessions were all free to attend.
Each event was programmed and delivered by Culture Shift and hosted by the co-chairs of the Brighton and Hove Arts, Health and Wellbeing Group, Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health for Brighton and Hove City Council and Jane McMorrow, Director of Creative Future. The events included cross-sector speakers and presentations, showcasing diverse and high-quality practice, with space for open discussion and live Q & A.
Day one: The Big Picture - considering the international, national, and local context and the latest research findings.
Keynote speaker Dr Helen Chatterjee is a Professor of Biology at University College London. Her research involves evidencing the impact of natural and cultural participation on health; she co-founded the UK’s Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, is an advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts and Health, Chairs the Royal Society for Public Health’s SIG in Arts and Health, and is a Founding Trustee of the National Centre for Creative Health. (
Watch the recording of Dr Chattergee's presentation here:
Day two: The Big Challenges - tackling inequalities and finding opportunities.
As Director of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, keynote speaker Victoria Hume offers a national perspective on current work (
day three: The Big Vision - creating a shared vision for Brighton and Hove.
This session was led by four of Brighton & Hove’s leading arts and health organisations; The Robin Hood Health Foundation, The Old Market, Creative Future, and Diversity & Ability, whom together form The HERA Partnership.
Project leads from each of the organisations presented the work of the Hera Partnership, highlighting some of the specific work their organisations deliver. A range of artists delivering programmes of work within the partnership presented, including photographer Dan Blomfield. Dan is a Wellbeing Advisor, Link Worker, Community Connector and Photography Facilitator at Robin Hood Health Foundation. You can watch the recording of his presentation below.
day four: The Big Conversation - exploring the issues, opportunities, developing language and practice.
Watch the following guest speakers who contributed to this session in a panel discussion below:
James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care NHS England, Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, Arts/Data/Health Project University of Brighton, Josh Cullimore, Urgent Care Clinical Lead Brighton CCG, Donna Chisholm, Assistant Director of Culture, Tourism and Sport Brighton and Hove City Council and Polly Irvin, Therapy Service Manager at Rise UK.