Programme: Nordic Arts & Health Research Network meeting, 22nd May 2019, Malmö, Sweden



On 22nd May 2019 the Nordic Arts & Health Research Network hosts a network meeting for Nordic Arts & Health researchers. The network meeting takes place at the Clinical Research Center, Region Skåne, Malmö (Jan Waldenströmsgata 35).

The network meeting is organised in collaboration with: Taikusydän – Arts & Health Coordination Centre in Finland (Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences), Clinical Research Center, Primary Care, Malmö, Centre for Culture & Health (Aalborg University), Norwegian Centre for Arts and Health (Nord University), Volda University College & Royal College of Music in Stockholm. The network meeting is funded by the Nordic Culture Point.



9.00 9.15                  Reflections from the Nordic Arts & Health Conference
                                   Anita Jensen, Clinical Research Center, Region Skåne

9.15 – 10.00                 Input from members:

Workshop: Artful dialogue towards new competencies in the field of arts, health and wellbeing

The workshop contributes towards creative knowledge formation for a study on the new competencies needed in transprofessional collaboration in the field of arts, health and well-being.

Kai Lehikoinen, University of the Arts Helsinki
Liisa-Maria Lilja-Viherlampi, Turku University of Applied Sciences
Outi Linnossuo, Turku University of Applied Sciences &
Päivi Känkänen, National Institute for Health and Welfare


10.00 10.15            Future of the Nordic Arts & Health Research Network – funding and website
                                Liisa Laitinen, Turku University of Applied Sciences


10.15 10.30              Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health – sustainability and funding
                                  Anita Jensen, Clinical Research Center, Region Skåne &
                                  Wenche Torrissen, Nasjonalt Kompetansesenter for kultur, helse og omsorg


10.30 10.45               Coffee break


10.45 11.45                 Input from members: Themes for discussion


10.45 11.15: How to build an interdisciplinary body of knowledge that can help to develop improved methods for ‘art interventions’, as well as formulate a joint framework of understanding that can be grasped and embraced by health care professionals, art professionals (artists, pedagogues, etc.) and decision-makers (politicians etc.) alike?

  • What can be learned from artistic research (an often over-looked expertise) about methods for improving/enhancing aesthetic experiences?
  • What understanding/definition of health can encompass and give justice to positive effects of ‘art interventions’, and how can such an understanding be related to other concerns, e.g. about economic effectiveness?
  • How can contrasting methods (e.g. quantitative vs qualitative) for measuring health effects be combined or negotiated?

Presenter: Max Liljefors, Lund University


11.15 – 11.45: With focus on artistic research concerning sound practice in a therapeutic/mental health context, one of the issues that keep coming up in dialogue with traditional healthcare institutions are the definitions, methods and expectations of “evidence-based” assessment and knowledge-production. Most of the methods available are based on pre- and post-workshop assessment and strongly divided between generalist somatic measurements (blood-pressure, cortisone levels, etc.) and subjective interview based assessment, which find often strength in the size of its sample, more than in the effective terms of its questioning.

  • Methods that work and alternatives to methods that do not work, in terms of documenting the impact of arts based approaches, and gathering that impact in terms that can be effectively communicated to non-specialists, healthcare professionals, and policy/funding influencers.

Presenter: Eduardo Abrantes, Roskilde University


11.45 12.00 Programme for the next meeting in Norway


12.00 Lunch



For more information, please contact:

Liisa Laitinen
Project Planner, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences
+358 50 468 7263

Anita Jensen
Arts & Health Strategist, Primary Care, Region Skåne, Sweden
+46 (0)724672893