The Cultural Institute: Beyond Measure?

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.

"As part of our programme we collaborated with The Centre for Cultural Value and Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network to produce Beyond Measure? a series of 10 digital engagement commissons exploring research and evidence in culture and health. Artists commissioned included Niya B, Sarah Fraser, Mahboobeh Rajabi, Becky Cherriman, Let's Keep Growing, Canal Connections, Emily Jenkins, Garry Barker, Dominique Baron-Bonarjee, and Invisible Flock.

These commissions are part of a larger co-produced programme of digital engagement, themed Twitter chats curated by arts and health professionals, webinars, panel discussions and online events from September 2020 onwards. The final event will take place on 26th November, when we will conclude our activities with a keynote address from Dr Daisy Fancourt, leading arts and health researcher based at UCL. Dr Fancourt's research focuses on the effects of social and community participation on health, with a particular interest in the effects of arts and cultural engagement. She chairs the International Arts Health Early Career Research Network, the UKRI MARCH Network, and is a consultant to the World Health Organisation on arts and health. She co-authored the 2019 WHO publication What is the evidence on the role of health and wellbeing in the WHO European Region.

You can view the commissions and register for the programme here

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