Friday 16 June 2023


10am - 6pm


Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus



This one-day conference at Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus builds from the one day Knowledge Exchange Event Addiction Recovery Arts Network in 2022 which was organised by Dr Cathy Sloan at the London College of Music. The conference will focus on moving forward the conversation about the establishment of a sustainable national and international network of recovery-arts that provides a holistic and innovative approach to creative art practices in the treatment of addiction recovery.

This conference, therefore, aims to disseminate research on arts practices with people affected by addiction and act as a valuable knowledge exchange alongside providing an opportunity for attendees to share modes of practice.

The conference will explore the following questions:

  • What is the future of addiction-recovery arts in a post-pandemic world?
  • What are recovery arts capable of doing in supporting people in recovery from addiction?
  • What is it for?
  • What are the methods, ethics and politics of addiction-recovery arts practices?
  • What are our ambitions for future generations?
  • How should we model our relationships with stakeholders, artists and recovery treatment services?
  • How might we effectively engage on both local and global levels?
  • How can we speak back to political rhetoric that denigrates the value of arts, and ostracises people with substance misuse problems?
  • Can recovery arts be used to nourish and align more closely with audiences and communities?
  • Can we work collectively to dismantle the stigma attached to addiction and recovery?

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