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Keynote address, Creative Interventions: Art, Health and Wellbeing
(plus artwork in the associated exhibition)

Though there is evidence that suggests art has been deployed as part of individual and community wellbeing across human history, it is only in comparatively recent times that it has been identified and named as such – specifically as the profession of art therapy. Even more recently, a different model of intervention is rapidly demonstrating capacity to deliver excellent outcomes in a range of contexts, to relieve suffering and increase personal and group activation. The foundations and frameworks for this non-therapeutic, non-clinical approach to health and wellbeing are beginning to show a fresh way for creative practitioners to use their skills in poeisis, technê, and communication, and to add value to themselves and to society. I will discuss the affordances of this approach through two case studies. Both are creative practice projects conducted by the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research: one designed to support traumatised individuals and communities, the other to build community resilience through experiments designed to bring people together, and enrich a sense of ‘us’, a sense of place.
Period7 Oct 2022
Event typeConference
LocationToowoomba, Australia, QueenslandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional