The More Culture, Less Medicine conference took place online from 23-26 November 2020.

Creative Future is part of The Hera Partnership. Alongside the other partners; The Robin Hood Health Foundation, Diversity and Ability & The Old Market, presented ‘The Big Vision’ – creating a shared vision for Brighton and Hove.

Despite rapid advances in healthcare we are living more years with health conditions – and can’t treat our way out of this crisis. There is a growing base of evidence that the arts can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing at all stages of life.

This conference explored some of the developments within this field, heard from some key people involved in researching and delivering opportunities, and also gave attendees the chance to take part in some of the innovative arts practice on offer.

The conference will took the form of a series of bite-sized morning sessions via Zoom. Each event included cross-sector speakers and presentations, showcasing diverse and high-quality practice, and open discussion. Each day was also themed, as follows:

  • Monday 23 ‘The Big Picture’ – considering the international, national, and local context and the latest research findings.
  • Tuesday 24 ‘The Big Challenges’ – tackling inequalities and finding opportunities
  • Wednesday 25 ‘The Big Vision’ – creating a shared vision for Brighton and Hove (this session will be led by the HERA Partnership)
  • Thursday 26 ‘The Big Conversation’ – exploring the issues, the opportunities, the developing language and practice

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