St Columba’s Hospice Care in Edinburgh is hosting The Arts in Palliative Care, the first online symposium of its kind in Scotland, on 20 October 2020. This event will bring together arts therapists, community and performing artists as well as other professionals from different disciplinary spaces to re-consider what the arts can offer to people and communities when facing death, dying and loss.  

The symposium will invite panels of speakers to explore notions of care, aesthetics and value in relation to four key areas:

  • community, voices
  • partnerships, currencies
  • body, words
  • transitions, aesthetics.

As well as participating in dialogue and networking, participants will be able to access ‘In the making’: an online gallery of creative arts processes and products from hospices across Scotland.

After the symposium, delegates will be given online access to the private view of the Hospice’s annual Art Friends Exhibition.

Information and registration
Date: Tuesday 20 October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Online, via Zoom

This is a free, online event but registration is necessary. Places are limited to 50 and will be given on a first come, first served basis.

To register and to view the symposium programme visit:

The Arts in Palliative Care symposium is supported by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, Queen Margaret University and the Scottish Music Therapy Trust.


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