Programme: Nordic Arts & Health Research Network meeting on 24-25 October 2023, Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland



The Nordic Arts & Health Research Network will organise their next network meeting on 24-25 October in Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland. The theme for the network meeting is Professionalism in the field of arts, health and wellbeing. The meeting is hosted by Turku University of Applied Sciences.

We warmly welcome all network members to participate in two exciting days with presentations, workshops and networking opportunities together with your Nordic Arts and Health colleagues.

The network meeting is free of charge for the network members. If you are not a member of the Nordic Arts & Health Research Network yet, please sign up here: Join the network.

Sign up for the network meeting by 10 October:

Please note, that you need to also sign up for the network dinner on Tuesday evening (if you want to attend it), and registration for the dinner is binding.

You can download the programme as PDF here.




Tuesday 24th October


8.30 – 9.00     Registration

9.00 – 9.15      Welcome words

9.15 – 10.15      Keynote: Artist’s path in elderly care
Elli Isokoski (Myrskyryhmä art group)

Dance artist Elli Isokoski from Myrskyryhmä speaks about her work with dance and elderly people. What has motivated her to work in this field for over 20 years. What does working in the field of arts, health and wellbeing give to artist? What kind of ethical questions you face when working with people in care?

10.15 – 10.25     Break

Session: Training and methods in Music-based caregiving

10.25 – 10.45     The national educational program in Music-based caregiving; political anchoring
Marit Stranden (Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health)

10.45 – 11.30      Workshop: Music-based caregiving: a tool for an inclusive learning environment and coping with life
Charlotte Stav & Helene Waage (Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health)

11.30 – 12.45       Lunch at restaurant PLATS


Session: Exploring the key competences of creative wellbeing professionals

12.45 – 13.05     Mapping and conceptualising the key competences of arts & health professionals
Liisa Laitinen (Turku University of Applied Sciences)

13.05 – 13.50      Workshop: Socially Engaged Arts Practice: Probing the Key Competences of Cultural Well-being Professionals
Eeva Siljamäki (University of Jyväskylä) & Kai Lehikoinen (University of the Arts Helsinki)

13.50 – 15.00      Art tour at Hanaholmen & coffee + snacks

15.00 – 16.00     Discussion: Future of the Nordic network


Session: Arts therapy education

16.00 – 16.20      Pioneering master’s education in art therapy at the Oslo Metropolitan University
Mimmu Rankanen (Oslo Metropolitan University)

16.20 – 16.40       The history of art therapy education at Oslo Metropolitan University – OsloMet
Kristin Benedicte Svendsen (Oslo Metropolitan University)

18.00 ->                Network dinner at restaurant PLATS


Wednesday 25th October


Session: Multiprofessional collaborations

9.00 – 9.20        Artists and multiprofessional collaboration in care homes for older people
Teija Nuutinen (University of Eastern Finland)

9.20 – 9.40        Evidence based music interventions in neurological rehabilitation – multiprofessional collaboration in RCT protocols
Sari Laitinen (Espoo Hospital / Helsinki University)

9.40 – 10.00      Artist-researcher collaboration: the case of transgenerational grassroot comics workshops
Inkeri Aula & Masood Masoodian (Aalto University)

10.00 – 10.20     (Multi)professionalism in the field of music, health and wellbeing: Perspectives from music anthropology
Klisala Harrison (Aarhus University)

10.20 – 10.35      Break

10.35 – 11.20       Discussion: Planning new Nordic research projects


Session: Integrating the arts as part of healthcare systems

11.20 – 11.40       How healthcare clowns can contribute to more supportive hospital environments: RED NOSES Partnership Evaluation
Silvia De Faveri (Research and Learning Department, RED NOSES International)

11.40 – 12.00        Arts on prescription´s effects of on common mental disorders: A controlled study with 12 months follow-up
Paula Bergman (Jönköping University & Region Jönköping)

12.00 – 12.15        Summing up the discussions, next meeting and good bye!

12.15 – 13.30        Lunch at restaurant PLATS & networking



About the venue:

The network meeting will take place at the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanaholmen in the Finnish archipelago (Hanasaarenranta 5, 02100 Espoo).

It is easy to travel to Hanaholmen from Helsinki by metro or bus. More info about how to get there:



You can book a room at the conference hotel with a special price (128eur/night/single room, 148eur/night/double room) until 1 October. You can make the booking by phone (+358 (0)9 435 020) or by email (

If you rather stay in somewhere else than the conference hotel, there are also other hotels nearby in Espoo. For example, Heymo 1 by Sokos Hotels is located about 2,3 km from Hanaholmen.