In previous years, the Cultural Institute has hosted an annual 'Arts and Health' conference at the University of Leeds, bringing together professionals from the academic, health and cultural sectors.

This year, we'll be doing things a little bit differently. Instead of hosting a one-day event, we've moved the conference online for a programme of digital engagement over a number of months, building a dialogue towards a final day of activity on 26 November.

Beyond Measure? started in July 2020 with themed Twitter chats with a variety of topic experts. These will inform the development of more focused activity from September, which might involve webinars, panel discussions, and performances, for example.

The 2020 programme is in collaboration with the Centre for Cultural Value, and Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network, with generous support from the Oakley Memorial Fund.

Our programme

We're working with a steering group of leaders from health, research and culture to develop programme themes within the subject of research and evidence, but we’ve also asked for suggestions from the wider community. 

Autumn Online Exhibition
In June 2020, we invited expressions of interest from artists to creatively respond to Beyond Measure? Click here to find out more

Themed Twitter Chats and Reflections
In July we invited health care and creative professionals to discuss the main themes of this years programme, looking at:
  • Equity and Ethics 
  • Artist as researcher: impact on practitioner 
  • Who is research and evaluation for? 
Click here to find out how they went

Over the next few months, we will host a digital engagement programme including webinars and panel discussions. 

Our programme concludes with a final online event on 26 November. Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and Wellcome Research Fellow at UCL, will give a keynote address.


In the past, our 'Arts and Health' conferences have been a mixture of traditional panel discussions, but also performances, creative workshops and plenty of networking opportunities. The conference might have moved online, but we don't want to lose this productive, collaborative space.

Therefore, we're inviting anyone who has an interest in the conference topic to join the conversation using the hashtag #BeyondMeasure on Twitter.

We're also inviting artists to creatively respond to Beyond Measure? through a series of micro-commissions. We'll be sharing these via our website in the autumn.

We have launched a Padlet, a space that will archive content, promote events, and more. 

About the Cultural Institute

The Cultural Institute forges partnerships between the University of Leeds and creative and cultural partners, for research, engagement & student opportunity.

We thrive on ideas from the creative and cultural sector, and nurture partnership between arts professionals, researchers and students from all disciplines. 

About our partners

The Centre for Cultural Value is building a shared understanding of the differences that arts, culture, heritage and screen make to people’s lives and to society. 

Follow on Twitter @ValuingCulture 

Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network was launched in 2019 to enable different sectors to work together, supporting Leeds residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.

Follow on Twitter @LeedsAHWN

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