Nordic Arts & Health Conference on 10 May 2022, Stockholm, Sweden


The Nordic Arts & Health Research Network hosts their second Nordic Arts & Health conference on 10 May 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden with focus on Arts & Health Policies. The conference is organised in collaboration with Kompetenscentrum för kultur och hälsa, Region Stockholm. We invite you to an exciting day with keynotes, presentations, workshops and networking opportunities with your Nordic Arts and Health colleagues at the Royal College of Music Stockholm (Valhallavägen 105).

In continuation of the conference, the network invites all Nordic Arts & Health researchers to a networking event on 11 May 2022 at the same venue.

Registration for the conference by 20 April, 2022:

The conference is organised in a hybrid format. Please inform if you are going take part at the venue or digitally.

There is no conference fee.

You can download the programme here.



8.15–9.00           Registration

9.00–9.10           Welcome: Helena Wessman, Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Music & Eva Bojner-Horwitz, Professor, Royal College of Music

9.10–9.45            Keynote: Arts and health and public health strategies, Steinar Krokstad, Professor, HUNT Research Centre, NTNU, Norway

9.45–10.10          Keynote: Arts and Health Policy in Finland, Taru Koivisto, Director, Department for Wellbeing and Services, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

10.10–10.30        Keynote: Pernille Weiss, Member of the European Parliament, Denmark

10.30–10.45        Filip Korosec: marimba – activity together with the audience

10.45–11.30         Round table discussion on the Nordic arts & health policies

  • Suzanne Zimmer, Member of Parliament, Denmark
  • Eeva-Johanna Eloranta, Member of Parliament, Finland
  • Magnus Lunderquist, Chair of the Culture Committee, Region Skåne, Sweden
  • Cecilia Elving, Chair of the Culture Committee, Region Stockholm
  • Odd Håpnes, Founder and former leader of the Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts & Health, Norway
  • Taru Koivisto, Director, Department for Wellbeing and Services, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Chaired by Wenche Torrissen, Professor, Volda University College


11.30–13.00  Lunch

13.00–13.45  Breakout sessions 1

Session 1A: Dance for PD

  1. Dance as Liberation to the Restrictions of the Body – the Participant’s Experiences from Dance for PD
    Åsa Elowson, Balettakademien in Stockholm
  2. Digital Dance for People with Parkinson’s Disease: A Feasibility Study
    Lois Walton, Karlstad University & Åsa N. Åström, Balettakademien Stockholm
  3. Workshop in Dance for PD®
    Åsa N. Åström & Ann-Sofie Tyrenberg, Balettakadiemien Stockholm


Session 1B: Arts therapies

  1. Art therapy grounded in neuroscience
    Sara Stayne & Sophia Pankenier & Lotta Landegren Wesström, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services & Municipal Social Services, Stockholm
  2. Building the Bridges: Dance and Movement Therapy for Families with the special child
    Liva Kupca, Riga Stradins University & Simona Orinska, Mā Telpa & Kasper Spring Ehlers, Aalborg University & Elizabeth Jochum, Aalborg University
  3. Case study: The effect of dance movement therapy on body image and psychological well-being of a refugee client with PTSD diagnosis
    Katri Heiskala, Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires


Session 1C: Building bridges & structures between the sectors

  1. Breaking silos: Using Kaikukortti as bridge builder between social- and healthcare sector and cultural actors
    Seppo Mallenius (Kaiku Center, Culture for All Service):
  2. Building systemic change with national arts & health network
    Anna-Mari Rosenlöf, Taikusydän, Turku University of Applied Sciences
  3. Region Skåne’s strategy for Arts and Health 2022-2030
    Anita Jensen & Bibbi Miegel Sandborg, Region Skåne


13.45–14.00  Break


14.00–14.45 Breakout sessions 2

Session 2A: Theatre, drama & mental health

  1. Anti-stigma theatre for people experiencing psychosis: Patients and personnel in participatory theatre for increasing health
    Emma Lundenmark, Scen Totalnormal
  2. The open frame – connections between mental health and the drama space in upper secondary education
    Ellen Foyn Bruun, NTNU & Jorid Bakken Steigum, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust
  3. The function of drama/theatre work in psychosis care from the patients’ and caregivers’ perspective
    Eva Hallgren & Sofia Sedervall, Stockholm University


Session 2B: Supporting the creative wellbeing of older adults

  1. A cross-cultural framework for developing arts and health intervention for creative well-being of older adults
    Dohee Lee & Masood Masoodian, Aalto University
  2. Singing and reminiscing together: Benefits of The Music-Reminiscence Group for the elderly
    Annika Tammela, University of Jyväskylä
  3. Shared Reading in retirement – An ethnographic study of the collective dimensions of Shared Reading as mental health promotion for newly retired men in Denmark
    Mette Marie Kristensen & Anna Paldam Folker, University of Southern Denmark


Session 2C: Cross-sectoral practices

  1. Cross-sectoral relationships in arts, health and wellbeing: An exploratory workshop on navigating your collaborations
    Julia Puebla Fortier, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Arts & Health South West
  2. Adapted folk dance for vulnerable people aiming to increase wellbeing – A new cross-disciplinary practice in the making
    Frederik Pustelnik & Gerda Hempel


14.45–15.00 Break


15.00–15.45 Breakout sessions 3

Session 3A: The work of artists in cross-disciplinary settings

  1. Musicians in paediatric care – a growing profession for health and wellbeing
    Louise Eulau & Anna-Karin Kuuse, Sophiahemmet University & Ann-Sofie Paulander, Royal College of Music in Stockholm
  2. What is the role of the artist and who writes the cross-disciplinary agenda?
    Karsten Auerbach & Susie Andersen
  3. Community artists’ special skills?
    Niina Oinas, University of Lapland


Session 3B: Arts in education and learning

  1. Changing the art of elderly nursing care: Implementing a creative person-centered care approach in Finnish nursing education
    Emilia Viklund & Heli Vaartio-Rajalin, Åbo Akademi
  2. Making culture equal – cultural education plans in Finland
    Aleksi Valta, Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers
  3. Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom
    Abigail Harkey, University of Oulu


Session 3C: Arts interventions supporting wellbeing of people with long-term conditions

  1. Lived experience through digital storytelling – a part of a complex intervention that aims to see and strengthens roles and relationship
    Heike McClellan & Eskil Degsell, Swedish Brain Tumour Association & Marie Fält & Anki von Vogelsang, Karolinska University Hospital & Petter Gustavsson, Karolinska Institutet
  2. Recommendations for promoting online and physical Shared Reading groups at local cancer organizations
    Tine Riis Andersen, University of Stavanger
  3. The roles of music in promotion of well-being: Accounts of adults on the autism spectrum Kaja Korošec & Eva Bojner-Horwitz & Walter Osika, Karolinska Institutet, Royal College of Music, Stockholm


15.45–16.00  Reflections of the day



Conference venue

The conference will take place at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm (Valhallavägen 105).




Hotels within walking distance from the conference venue:

Best Western Hotel Karlaplan

Scandic Park Karlavägen




For more information, please contact:


Liisa Laitinen
Adviser, Arts & Health
Taikusydän – Arts & Health Coordination Centre
Nordic Arts & Health Research Network
Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences, +358 50 468 7263