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Research Intensive

13-17 May 2024

Presented by the Arts Health Early Career Research Network, University College London, and the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in partnership with Britten Pears Arts, Snape Maltings

Are you looking to develop knowledge, skills, and contacts in arts and health research? We're delighted to announce that our flagship week-long residential training course will take place from Monday 13th - Friday 17th May 2024 and that booking is now open. Scroll down to find out more and to apply to join us.

The Arts Health Research Intensive provides a rich introduction to the evidence base around arts in health and fundamentals of evaluation and research:

- Explore the development and scope of the field

- Learn about psychological, physiological, social and behavioural effects

- Discover research and evaluation methodologies

- Discuss practicalities and issues in carrying out research

- Engage in group-based debates, activities and presentations

This course is suitable for anyone with a background or interest in the arts, healthcare, community health or social care, and research, and who wishes to learn more about the field and meet others who share their interests. A draft schedule for 2024 is now available to download.

No research experience necessary.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Apply to join us

Applications for our 2024 course are now open. To apply for a place please complete our online application form. Early bird rates and scholarship applications are closed, with the exception of the new Jameel Arts & Health Global Majority Scholarship (see below). Full-price reservations are still available.  Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. We are currently in the process of selecting successful scholarship applicants and will be in touch in due course. Please see an outline of pricing below:

  • Early bird – £989

  • Early bird student – £674

  • Full price – £1099

  • Full price student – £748

Jameel Arts & Health Global Majority Scholarship

We are pleased to announce three new scholarships for Global Majority participants to attend the 2024 Arts Health Research Intensive.


To apply for the Jameel Arts & Health Global Majority Scholarship, please complete the online application form. These scholarships are provided by the Jameel Arts & Health Lab, established in collaboration with the World Health Organization, New York University and CultureRunners. They are available to individuals from any Global Majority/Global South region of the world. The scholarship covers the full program fee, but does not include costs for travel, lodging or meals outside of the program (lunch is provided Monday through Friday). Please note that virtual registration is not available for this program. Scholarship applications will close on Wednesday, 31st January 2024, 23.59 GMT.


There are several options regarding where to stay for our Arts Health Research Intensive. Download our accommodation information document here to find out more.

Program Faculty

Dr. Daisy Fancourt, University College London, UK; Director, Arts Health Early Career Research Network

Dr Jill Sonke, Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida​

Quotes from 2022

"Fantastic opportunity to focus in depth on the evidence base for arts in health and work with an amazingly interesting range of people."


"I really enjoyed every single day and the fact I learned something new every day. I really feel I have made friends… Having world respected academics present their research and help us apply some of this to our own was really something special. [It] gave me the confidence to finish my PhD."


"[The best part of was] The richness of the content. The variety and international nature. The varied backgrounds of the participants. The expertise/quality of the course designers/tutors."


"I have a whole new vocabulary around research which I have already put to use! I feel like I could actually do it, which I wasn't sure of before. I feel inspired to pursue interdisciplinary work and connect communities of artists, scientists, funders, activists, and people. I have a new respect for what it means to build things and an even greater belief in the necessity and potential of this work."

Quotes from 2020

"It was a very well structured and complete one week training. Meeting the trainers, being able to ask questions and clarify issues directly with such important women in the field was definitely a privilege. Meeting all the participants, getting to know some of them better, making important personal and professional connections, and feeling part of a world-wide community is totally awesome. So many brilliant engaged beautiful people!"


"This is one of the best trainings of my life."


"The best part was the opportunity to discuss ideas with people who share a passion for arts in health from all over the world."


"The best part was the exposure to the breadth of the evidence base of the effectiveness of the arts to manage and prevent health-related issues."

Highlights from 2019

Dr Daisy Fancourt
Jill Sonke
Listening walk
Singing activity

Quotes from 2019

"The best thing was the people! Katey, Jill and Daisy, and the amazing delegates - I have been on various work related intensives but have yet to be amongst such an inspiring and generous group of people. The creative sessions to start the day were great and as the course progressed, made you really tap into how even short moments of creativity support your day."


"I have to see that the best part, though, was the opportunity to learn from Daisy and Jill first-hand and in person. The knowledge you gain in that time is not something that can be learned in a published article or online course. It was great being able to see the way they think and work through some of my ideas with them directly. It gives me more confidence to do this type of work in the future."


"I absolutely LOVE the approach of looking at arts in health through different lenses and disciplines. I think this is crucial for advancing and solidifying the field and am thrilled to see how established researchers go about it."

Quotes from 2018

"It was so helpful to have an overview of the history of arts in health and also learn about the differences between Medical & Health Humanities, Clinical Humanities, and Arts in Health."

"Fascinating presentation full of persuasive science, images, and videos! I feel so privileged to learn from Dr. Fancourt!"

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the course fee?

Your course fee covers the cost of the course, your lunch and coffee/tea breaks, but you will need to budget for breakfasts and dinners. The course fee does not cover travel or accommodation.

What food will be served at the course?

We will be updating this page soon with confirmed menus. We will endeavour to cater for all declared dietary requirements and food intolerances.

Will there be COVID-19 restrictions and measures?

At present, we do not plan to have any specific restrictions or organised testing processes (e.g., rapid antigen/lateral flow tests) in place. However, we will do our best to provide hand gels and ensure good air flow, where possible, so as to provide a comfortable environment for all. We will keep you informed about any changing UK guidelines which may impact upon the Intensive.

Who is the course aimed at? Do I need prior experience to take part?

This course is aimed at anyone with a background or interest in the arts, healthcare, community health or social care, and research. The course is also an opportunity to meet others who share your interests and expand your network in this field. No research experience is necessary and all levels of experience are welcome.

Will the course be available online?

This is an exclusively in-person course. Participation online is not available.

If I can no longer attend, will I be able to get a refund?

Unfortunately, we are not able to refund delegates once payment has been made for a place.

Is public transport available around Snape Maltings?

As Snape Maltings is fairly remote, there are few buses available. There is a train station that delegates can get to via a Greater Anglia Service to Saxmundham Station leaving from London Liverpool Street. Once at Snape Maltings, we strongly recommend that you try to arrange car/ lift shares due to the lack of direct public transport to the venue and to Aldeburgh. There are also local taxi companies available for hire.

What venue access requirements can be catered for?

There are wheelchair spaces, adapted toilets and lifts available at Snape Maltings for wheelchair users or those with mobility scooters. Blue badge holders can also park in reserved areas on-site. For more information, visit the Britten Pears Arts access page here.

If I don't get a scholarship can I still apply for a fully paid place?

Scholarship applications are closed, with the exception of the new Jameel Arts & Health Global Majority Scholarship. If you were not successful in attaining a scholarship place, you should have been directed toward our early bird (before 13th Nov) or full-price booking options, subject to availability. We will review Jameel Arts & Health Global Majority Scholarship applications after the deadline on 31st January 2024, 23.59 GMT. We will aim to get back you by the end of February to confirm the outcome of your application. If unsuccessful the option of full-price booking remains, subject to availability.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

There is a section in the application form on applying for a scholarship. You will need to provide a short summary of any information you feel is important for us to know relating to your need in the consideration of your scholarship application and explain how you are proposing to fund the rest of your course fees and travel/accommodation costs. Scholarships are judged jointly on need and merit. Applications for our scholarships have now closed, but applicants of the Global Majority can apply for the Jameel Arts & Health Global Majority Scholarship by 31st January 2024, 23.59 GMT. All information about applying is in the application form linked above and here.

What accommodation is available near Snape Maltings?

Information on accommodation options, including suggestions for hotels and B&Bs in the local area as well as details on on-site accommodation can be downloaded here. We also have some rooms reserved for you at Elizabeth Court in the local coastal town of Aldeburgh. More information about this will be available soon.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact the Social Biobehavioural Research Group if you have further questions about the course.

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