Aesop Conference

Aesop and Southbank Centre have joined forces, working in partnership to present the​ next Conference for Health and Arts decision-makers – bringing together policy makers, practitioners and funders. Planning has had to stop due to Covid-19. What follows will give you a flavour of what will be presented.

The Conference will focus on the following hot topics:

  • Scaling is a matter of social justice’ – There is growing evidence that arts programmes can deliver health improvement but, as a major 2017 report acknowledged, ​the UK ‘is still very far from realising more than a small modicum of the potential contribution of the arts to health and wellbeing.’ H​ow can arts and wellbeing programmes grow so that they can become like universal health services, available to everyone who needs them?
  • Training to lay the foundations for growth’ – There are limited training opportunities for health professionals to learn about the arts’ potential contribution to health improvement and how to deliver arts and health programmes. Arts professionals need training to achieve effective partnerships with the health system.
  • ‘Who pays?’ – What are the potential income sources and how can they best be brought together and marshalled to support growth?.

The day will include expert keynotes, panels and conversations with ​Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard – Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing and former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Tim Joss – Chief Executive and Founder of Aesop, ​Soweto Kinch – the renowned British jazz saxophonist and MC, and ​Professor Suzy Willson​ – Artistic Director of Clod Ensemble and creator of their award-winning Performing Medicine programme.

Other contributors will include Gillian Moore, CBE – Director of Music at Southbank Centre, Vivienne Parry, OBE – Science Writer and Broadcaster, and Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England Regional Director for London. 

The day will include exploration of the headline topics, powerful patient and beneficiary testimonies, a new project bringing together leading artists and clinicians, and opportunities to experience arts and health programmes.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #creativehealthconf

You can view details about our previous conferences here