Research Intensive

24th-28th January 2022

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 Snape Maltings' Creative Campus 


Due to COVID-19 we are postponing our 2021 Research Intensive, but we are delighted to announce that the course will go ahead in January 2022. Read on to find out more about the course. Booking will be available in 2021.

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 2022 will be available in the new year; in the meantime, take a look at the timetable from last year.

No research experience necessary.

All levels of experience are welcome.


Program Faculty

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

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


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 will I learn at the Research Intensive?

We cover a broad range of material from exploring what arts in health is and how to understand the effects of the arts on health, through to teaching research methods, exploring key theories in arts in health, and providing information about how to get more involved in arts in health in the future. A schedule for 2022 will be available in the new year but, in the meantime, take a look at the timetable from last year to learn more.

What accommodation is available near Snape Maltings?

We will provide a list of accommodation options when booking opens, making suggestions for hotels and B&Bs in the local area as well as providing a link to book a room at Elizabeth Court in the local coastal town of Aldeburgh where we already have some rooms reserved for you.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees will be announced in the new year. Your course fee covers the cost of your lunch and coffee/tea breaks, but you will need to budget for breakfasts and dinners.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact Katey Warran, Programme Administrator, if you have any further questions about the course.