Programme: Nordic Arts & Health Research Network meeting on 6-7 October 2022, Levanger, Norway

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


The Nordic Arts and Health Research Network organises their next network meeting on 6-7 October 2022 in Levanger, Norway. The Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health is hosting the meeting in Levanger, in collaboration with the public health alliance in region Trøndelag. The theme of the network meeting is “Creative Wellbeing” and the many ways in which creativity can enhance health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

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

Sign up for the network meeting by 22 September:


You can download the programme here.





Thursday 6th October


Venue: Nord university, Røstad, Levanger
Røstad Scene


8.30–9.00       Registration
9.00–9.15        Welcome
Wenche Torrissen and Marit Stranden, Norwegian Resource Center for Arts and Health

9.15–10.15       Keynote: Joined up: networking towards a health-creating society
Richard Ings, Arts Council England

10.15–10.30      Break and coffee

10.30–10.55      The theater project “Where did I go” (Hvor ble jeg av)
Wigdis Helen Sæther, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

10.55–11.20      Creative Wellbeing: A co-creative exploration
Wenche Torrissen, Volda University College & Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health & Ann Iren Jamtøy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

11.20–11.45      Wellbeing through psychodrama and the Morenian concept of creativity
Siri Skar, University of Agder

11.45–13.15      Lunch at Røstad Scene


Building: Nylåna
Room: Oransjesalen

13.15–13.35      Reconstructing notions of creativity in professional approaches of arts, health and wellbeing
Sanna Kivijärvi & Laura Huhtinen-Hildén, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

13.35–14.00      ArtWell: Investigating the Economic Impact of Cultural Well-being and Taking a Creative Leap
Kai Lehikoinen & Taru Koivisto, University of the Arts Helsinki

14.00–14.25      Breast cancer survivors´ related experiences and narrations in writing group
Johanna Holopainen, University of Jyväskylä


Building: Nylåna
Room: 2204

14.30–15.00      Coffee/tee and fruit

15.00–15.25      Engaging With Visual Arts. Processes of Creative Potential
Sofia Lång, Nord University

15.25–16.50      WORKSHOP: Windows and Visions at Creative Wellbeing
Liisa-Maria Lilja-Viherlampi & Anna-Mari Rosenlöf, Turku University of Applied Sciences

16.50–17.00      Information of the evening program and Friday joint program with the Trøndelag County Public Health Conference

Snack to go


17.00 – 19.00    Things to do in Levanger

A map of tours in Levanger

19.00– 23.00   Dinner with concert and bar at Røstad Scene


Friday 7th October


Venue: Nord university, Røstad, Levanger

Building: Nylåna

8.30–9.15       Coffee outside the auditorium

9.15–12.00     Joint programme with The Trøndelag County Public Health Conference

9.15–9.20       Kunstnerisk innslag / Artistic opening by students at Nord university

9.20–9.25      Velkommen / Welcome
Steinar Krokstad, leder i Folkehelsealliansen i Trøndelag /  leader of the People’s Health Alliance in Trøndelag County

9.25–9.35      Ny folkehelsemelding våren 2023 – hva blir viktigst i framtidas folkehelsepolitikk? /New public health report spring 2023 – what will be most important in future public health policy? (In Norwegian)
Ingvild Kjerkol, Ministry of Health

9.35–10.00     Keynote: Conceiving ‘creative health’: how arts and culture can help to create healthier and happier communities
Richard Ings, Arts Council England, Creative Health & Wellbeing

10.00–10.25     Økologisk økonomi for bærekraftig lokal samfunnsutvikling / Ecological economy for sustainable local community development (in Norwegian)
Ove Jakobsen, professor Center for ecological economics and ethics, Nord university

10.25–11.00     Kan naturen hjelpe mennesker til bedre psykisk helse og økt livskvalitet? / Can nature help people to improve their mental health and increase their quality of life? (in Norwegian)
Sigrid Rohde, adviser, KORUS; kompetansensenter rus Midt-Norge & Are Lerstien, daglig leder / CEO, Stiftelsen Medvandrerne


Building: Nylåna

10.00–12.00     Parallel session in English

10.05–10.30      Perspectives of well-being in university creative writing courses
Karoliina Maanmieli, University of Jyväskylä

10.30–10.55      End-of-life documentaries: Desire for Reconciliation in Legacy Narratives
Outi Hakola, University of Eastern Finland

10.55–11.30       Poster session

      • On-line vs. On-site Dance for People with Parkinson’s Disease
        Lois Walton, Karlstad University
      • Healthcare musicians: Examining hybrid music professionalism in the Finnish healthcare system
        Taru Koivisto, University of the Arts Helsinki
      • Arts on Referral (AoR), a salutogenic form of rehabilitation
        Paula Bergman, Jönköping University

11.30–11.55        The Art of Yoik in Care
Soile Hämäläinen, UiT


11.00–12.00 Workshop sessions

  • Sustainable and Healthy Working Life with the Arts: The HeArtS – Health & Arts & Sustainability Program
    Eva Bojner Horwitz, Royal College of Music
    Building: Hovedbygget, Room: Ho354,
  • Bålsamtalen – med naturen som metode / The campfire conversation – with nature as a method (in Norwegian)
    Sigrid Rohde and Are Lerstien
    Building: South-Sami “gamme”
  • ABC Hodebra i skolen, arbeidslivet og kommunene / ABC Hodebra in school, working life and municipalities / (in Norwegian)
    Lisbeth Lein, The Red Cross Trøndelag
    Room: Daniel Mortenson-salen (Raudsalen), Nylåna


Building: Nylåna
Room: Ny2205

12.00               End of the day and next meeting

Lunch / Lunch to go


Please note, that some changes in the programme may still occur.


Getting to Levanger:

The easiest way to travel to Levanger is by plane to Trondheim and then train to Levanger station from the airport. The train leaves from Trondheim airport Værnes approximately every hour.



We have reserved rooms at Thon Hotel Backlund at a special price for the network members. Please contact the hotel directly before 16 September to secure a room at this price. To book a room, send e-mail to and enter code 29894777.