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Call for Papers: International Arts & Well-being Conference


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Education and Community: From the past to the present and future celebration 10 years of the Journal of Applied Arts & Health

7–10 August 2019
Telford, Shropshire

In celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health (JAAH), the University of Wolverhampton collaborate in hosting the 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 in Shropshire.

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 venue is home to the symbols of Industrial Revolution.

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 well-being 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 organisations 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 well-being, social change and healing through the arts.

Keynote speakers

The conference explores common themes, concerns, possibilities across a range of organisations.

Call for contributions

The call for papers, workshops and poster submissions is now open (Deadline: 1 April 2019) on the following conference themes:

  • Bridging practice, education and research in applied arts and health
  • Using arts to improve mental well-being in higher education and community
  • Finding a common language across the expressive arts, therapy, medical care and well-being
  • Exploring the role of hospitals, museums and galleries in applied arts and health
  • Defining the artist-educator-researcher in the 21st century

Types of contributions

  • Paper
  • Workshop
  • Poster


This conference uses EasyChair for the submission and review of proposals. All proposals must be submitted via EasyChair (see conference website).

Please note that submitting contributors will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis following peer review, monthly from January 2019. Accepted contributors will need to register and pay their fee before being included in the programme.

There are limited places available for the pre-conference masterclass workshop.


The Journal of Applied Arts & Health (JAAH) published by Intellect, will produce a special 10th anniversary issue of the journal to include selected work presented at the Conference.

Pre-conference masterclass workshop

The Arts and Global Health – Masterclass Workshop with Mitchell Kossak (US)

There are limited places available for the pre-conference masterclass workshop on Tuesday 6 August 2019. Early booking is advisable. 

Conference co-chairs

  • Professor Ross W. Prior, Principal Editor of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health and Professor of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
  • Dr Mitchell Kossak, Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health and Associate Professor in Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, USA.

Please visit the conference website and the journal website for further details: 

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