The Centre for Arts and Wellbeing fosters a membership of academics, creative practitioners and health practitioners across the University of Brighton. We work with our associate members, as well as local, national and international communities, to explore and develop connections between the arts, and individual, social and environmental wellbeing.
Our work is focused on meaningful impact through an understanding of the practical wisdom that is accessed through the arts. We work inclusively and collaboratively, investigating priorities of mutual interest and developing new, interdisciplinary and community-oriented research approaches. Our expert arts practices include drawing, design, creative writing and media; our expert health and wellbeing practices include mental health, psychology, resilience, sustainability and medicine.
Our research and enterprise have attracted international attention. Examples include: inclusive arts practices backed by the Tate Gallery and introduced across South Asia; an AHRC-funded International Everyday Creativity Network; Scott and Lyon’s book ‘Drawing, health and wellbeing: Marks, Signs and Traces,’ which draws on an international network of authors contributing case studies on subjects ranging from drawing and mental health, to haptic drawing methods for learning anatomy; and ‘COVID Online Collaborative Tele-present Solutions’ working with partners across the UK and Singapore to develop ways for international performing arts professionals to rehearse and interact together in shared online spaces.
We welcome opportunities to connect and collaborate with external academic, creative and community partners locally, nationally and internationally.