‘Bridging the gap between Arts and Play for Health and Wellbeing in Research, Policy and Practice’ will take place online the week of 15 February 2021. This conference encourages knowledge-exchange between the fields of arts, play and health and explores interconnections between arts and play interventions.

The programme will include:

  • Keynote presentations from Dr Rosie Perkins, Reader in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London, and Dr. Wendy Russell, Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork at University of Gloucestershire.
  • Creative workshops, lectures, and poster presentations.
  • Creative ‘energiser’ sessions led by arts and play practitioners.
  • Arts and play materials to creatively express your response to the conference.
  • A panel session about opportunities across the arts and play sectors.
  • A ‘world café’ to explore the intersections of play and art, and to foster connections, particularly between researchers and practitioners.

Conference organisers
This event is being organised by four doctoral researchers: Katey Warran (University of Edinburgh), Laura Wright (University of Edinburgh), Stacey Marko (Heriot-Watt University) and Grant Barclay (The University of Glasgow). It is being funded by the Cohort Development Fund (Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities) and led in partnership with the Arts Health Early Career Research Network and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.

Booking information will be announced on


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