Cambridge School of Art

Anglia Ruskin University

Wellbeing, Care, Art

Part of the conference: RESEARCH. EDUCATION. PRACTICE: The Creative Nexus


Fostering research at the intersection of art and wellbeing, through practices, pedagogy, and social, cultural and critical engagement is central to the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University. It is a theme that raises many issues and covers many areas.

The COVID-19 pandemic precipitated a crisis of care, and therefore an urgent need for innovative approaches to care. The arts were central to those creative responses. Diabetes is an important but sometimes overlooked social as well as medical issue that can, and has been addressed by art and community projects of various kinds. An aesthetics of care is increasingly identified as a key issue in the health sector that can be addressed from various disciplinary perspectives.

Seeking to explore these themes, we ask….

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Key Words:

Wellbeing, acre, art, education, community, research

Key People:

Dr. Elena Cologni is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art Practice and Critical Theory and Research and Innovation Lead for the Cambridge School of Art. She develops dialogic and situated artistic strategies for observing, recording and stimulating an awareness of experiences of the everyday.

Within this context she creates instruments to facilitate the sharing of insights, the location of situated knowledges and arising of new questions from within our relations with one another, place and the environment.


A key strand of the conference: Research, Education & Practice: the Creative Nexus

Cambridge School of Art:

We’ve been inspiring creativity since 1858. Combining the traditions of the past with the possibilities afforded by the latest technologies, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower the makers and creators of the future.

From fonts to fashion, communal spaces to children’s books, our students consistently produce work that receives industry recognition and success in competitions.

A vibrant and supportive community of students, practitioners and academic researchers, we engage with contemporary art and design practice, exploring theoretical, philosophical, political and social themes.


Anglia Ruskin University:

ARU is an innovative global university with students from 185 countries coming to study with us.

We’re proud to have received a Gold award for the quality of our education in the Teaching Excellence Framework, a UK-wide review of university teaching standards.

We’re a place where collaboration, research and scholarly activity informs everything we do. Many of our courses are recognised by industry and a large number are professionally accredited, making our students career-ready. Each year, we also help 2,000 businesses grow with interns, training, research and collaborative programmes.

Our community is incredibly important to us, and we’re proud of the role we play in our cities and the wider region – including the positive effect on jobs and the local economy.** Many of our facilities, activities and events are open to the wider community.


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