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International Conference on Art and Health


Can art be an ally of the medical sciences? How can museums and other cultural actors contribute to health and well-being? How can creativity contribute to innovation in health?


Using a transdisciplinary approach, this international conference aims to share and reflect analytically and critically on the practices that are at the intersection between art and medicine. Through dialogue between professionals and researchers from different countries and disciplinary fields – from medicine, nursing, and neuroscience to imaging in medicine and microbiology, as well as art, design, and architecture – the aim is to open a debate on the present, but also to look towards the future, seeking to understand how art and science, two areas of knowledge often considered as distinct, can be combined and contribute to change and to a better quality of life.


To promote collaboration and transdisciplinary thinking;
To cross and co-create programmes;
Art and creative thinking as tools for clinical approach and diagnostics;
Art as background and development of creative thinking for image analysis and interpretation in medicine;
Promote the health and wellbeing of the patient and health professionals; 
Reflect on and create integrated public policies and programmes that contribute to health and quality of life through the arts;
To create networks and future partnerships;
To create alliances between sectors.


Art, Illness, and Stigma Reduction
Art and Mental Health
Art and Neuroscience, Imaging, Neuroradiology
Healing Environment (colour, light, smell, texture, art, design, architecture)
Palliative Care
Art Therapy
Public Policies and Global Strategies
Case Studies





8.15 – 8.30 | Registration 


8.30 – 9.00 | Opening Session  

Luís Campos and Joana Simões Henriques (Conference Chairs), João Pinharanda (Director of MAAT) 


9.00 – 10.00 | Panel 1: Arts, Neuroscience, and Thinking Strategies 

Cognitive Processes, Emotions, and the Brain-Friendly Museum. Annalisa Banzi (Italy), CESPEB – University of Milano-Bicocca  
Art Therapy, Neuroscience, and Trauma. Juliet L King (USA), The George Washington University 

Moderator: Alexandre Castro Caldas (Portugal), Catholic University of Lisbon Faculty of Medicine 


10.00 – 10.30 | Conference: Art in Medical Education.  

Isis Betancourt Torres (Cuba), University of Medical Sciences of Havana (UCMH) 

Moderator: Ana Sofia Torres Baptista, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP) 


10.30 – 11.00 | Coffee Break  

Poster presentations from the call for projects


11.00 – 12.00 Panel 2: The Role and the Experience of Museums Towards Healing  

Museums & Art Psychotherapy. Looking at the example of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens | EMΣΤ. Elisabeth Ioannides (Greece), National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (ΕΜΣΤ)  

The experience of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal. Stephen Legari (Canada), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 

Moderator: Joana Simões Henriques (Portugal), MAAT


12.00 – 12.40 | Keynote Lecture: The Science of Beauty  

Professor Semir Zeki (United Kingdom), University College London 

Moderator: Luís Duarte Madeira (Portugal) 


12.40 – 14.00 | Lunch Break 

Poster presentations from the call for projects


14.00 – 15.00 | Panel 3: Healing Environment in the Hospital 

The Third Carer – human-centric hospital design and its role in contemporary culture. Ab Rogers (United Kingdom), Ab Rogers Design 

The experience of Manchester University: Lime Arts. Dawn Prescott (United Kingdom), Manchester NHS Foundation Trust 

Moderator: Luís Campos (Portugal)


15.00 – 16.00 Panel 4: The Role of the Arts in Improving Health  

Embodied and Slow Looking - Building Movement and Music into Museum Practice. Filipa Pereira-Stubbs (United Kingdom) 

Music. Carina Freitas (Portugal), Child Psychiatrist, University of Madeira 

Moderator: Luiza Teixeira de Freitas (Portugal), Operação Nariz Vermelho 


16.00 – 16.30 | Coffee Break 

Poster presentations from the call for projects


16.30 – 17.30 | Panel 5: Art and Mental Disorders  

Art Therapy, Clinical Processes in the Art Zone. Elsa Scanio (Argentina), Hospital Morón Buenos Aires* 
Language: Spanish / English  

Arts Therapy in Delirium. Rachel Kheyla (United Kingdom)  

Moderator: Maria Luísa Figueira (Portugal), Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon 


17.30 – 18.10 | Keynote Lecture: The Population Health Benefits of Arts and Cultural Engagement 

Daisy Fancourt (United Kingdom), University College London* 

Moderator: Catarina Alvarez (Portugal), Associação Alzheimer Portugal 


18.10 – 18.30 | Closing Session 

Luís Campos and Joana Simões Henriques (Conference Chairs) 


19.00 – 19.45 | MAAT. Guided tour of the exhibition Plug-in by Joana Vasconcelos 


19.45 – 21.00 | MAAT. Networking cocktail with attendees and speakers.


Note: Guests marked with an asterisk (*) will take part online.



Programmme and Coordination
Luís Campos (Physician and artist, Portugal), Joana Simões Henriques (MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Portugal), João Pinharanda (MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology).


Organising Committee: Carina Freitas (Child Psychiatrist, Portugal), Elisabeth Ioannides (Education Curator, Art Psychotherapist, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, | ΕΜΣΤ, Greece), Inês Correia de Sampaio (MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), Luiza Teixeira de Freitas (Curator, Portugal).


Scientific Committee: Alexandre Castro Caldas (National Council for Health Sciences, Universidade Católica Portuguesa), Ana Jorge (Administrator of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, Portugal), André Valente (Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal), Carina Freitas (Child Psychiatrist, Ilha da Madeira), Elisabeth Ioannides (Education Curator, Art Psychotherapist, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, | ΕΜΣΤ, Greece), Filipa Aniceto (Manicómio, Portugal and Alzheimer Portugal Association), Luís Jerónimo (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal), Luís Duarte Madeira (Psychiatrist, Portugal), Luiza Teixeira de Freitas (President Operação Nariz Vermelho, Portugal), Myriam Taylor (Humanity Summit), N’Gunu Tiny (The Emerald Group), Sandro Resende and Catarina Gomes (Manicómio, Portugal), Rosário Zincke and Catarina Alvarez (Alzheimer Portugal Association).


MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal


Institutional Partners
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portuguese Council for Health and Environment, Forum of Internal Medicine, NOVA Medical School (NOVA University Lisbon)


Media Partners



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