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Wednesday 12th May 2021

10am - 1pm

Free online conference


Join us as we explore Arts and Wellbeing in 2021. We will discover how the arts has influenced our wellbeing in these changing and challenging times.


Bringing together representatives from research, the creative community, health, arts policy and education we aim to explore how connections with creativity, through work, community projects and online activities has affected our wellbeing, over the past year. Featuring insightful talks, activities, group discussion and creative workshops.


Free to attend and open to everyone. This conference is likely to be of special interest to those working in the creative, health, research, policy and education sectors with links to the arts.



Please see below for the conference timetable.

To find out more about the sessions and speakers - click here

Wednesday 12th May

10am - Arrivals

10.05 Opening with Otis Mensah, writer, performing artist and first Poet Laureate of Sheffield

10.10 Welcome and introduction from Ignite Imaginations, Luisa Golob CEO

10.20 Key Note Speaker;  Museums Northumberland bait, Rachel Adam, Project Director; "Lockdown learning: What do we take forward? What can we leave behind?"

10.40 Speaker 1 – Greentop Community Circus Centre,Teo Greenstreet, Centre Manager. “Creatively Active, Actively Creative.”

10.55 Breakout 

11.10 Sharing thoughts 

11.20 Break with optional Feldenkrais workshop with Marilla Homes. The Feldenkrais Method is a learning method based in movement. It breaks down the patterns and habits we form over our lifetime, exploring them in a gentle and non-judgemental way, and rebuilds the patterns so we can move more easily and efficiently

11.30 Speaker 2- Creative Minds Phil Walters, Strategic Lead and Dave Watson, Development Coordinator (Wakefield & Barnsley)  "Creative Minds moving beyond the soft and fluffy:  a creative charity hosted by the NHS."

11.40 Breakout 

11.55 Sharing thoughts 

12.10 Speaker 3- ArtWorks -  Emma Harnett, Creative Arts Coordinator “How can we improve accessibility in the arts for people with learning disabilities, autism or both?”

12.20 Breakout 

12.45 Drawing Meditation, a creative workshop with Julia Vogl. 

12.55- Closing


Book your tickets online now - click here. In the meantime please keep an eye on the Ignite Imaginations Facebook page for more details and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch on

The conference is delivered by Ignite Imaginations, supported by Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Culture Consortium. And supported by Culture Recovery Fund: Grants second round from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) resources and Arts Council. 

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