Events & Activities

As we are hosting more online activities than ever before, we have developed an online code of conduct and distress protocol for our events. Please find it HERE (the online code of conduct is consistent across our events, but some of the links provided may be revised depending upon the nature of the event and the potential support required).

UKRI Project

  • Workshops. This project will involve regular workshops, with details to be announced here in due course.
    • In 2020-21 they will focus on creative research methods. Details of past workshops are below. Coming up: Listening to the Hospital : Free Online Workshop for NHS staff (1 April 2021).
    • In mid 2021 – mid 2023 we expect to focus these workshops on developing a draft hospital building note on the senses, to discuss at the conference. We now have a call for Expressions of Interest in this working group, which closes at the end of March: HERE.
  • Exhibition & conference, 2023/24. The research will feed into an exhibition at Southmead and Great Ormond Street Hospitals as well as a design & healthcare conference in 2023 or 2024. Details will be announced here in due course.
  • Papers and presentations. The project team will be presenting at a number of events this summer, including the Culture, Health & Wellbeing international conference (June 2021), with others TBC and details to be confirmed here soon.

Wellcome Trust Network

  • Upcoming events from and of interest to network members:
  • Upcoming events run by the network:
    • 4-7 April 2022. Conference on the senses and modern environments of healthcare & care. The Call for Papers is now closed, but is available for reference HERE.
    • Autumn 2021 – Easter 2022. ‘Retreats’ for core collaborators to work towards an interdisciplinary collaborative output. We are developing a creative output with ‘prompts and provocations’ on hospital senses, to be launched in 2021.

To join this network and get email updates about forthcoming events, click HERE.

Past events

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship:

  • Reports on all creative workshops can be found HERE
  • Workshop. 12 November 2020. ‘Making Sense of Hospital Spaces: Free Online Poetry Workshop for NHS staff’.
  • Workshop. 17 July 2020. ‘Creative Methods in Health Research: A Virtual Workshop’ (more details of the scope of this workshop can be found in our original CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS). Led by the UKRI FLF, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust network.
  • Conferences.
    • The team has presented at the following conferences:
      • Rebecka Fleetwood-Smith presented at Curative Things: Medicine/Fashion/Art, 12 February 2021. Paper: ‘Clothing, Expression, and Dementia’.
      • Victoria Bates presented at Building Welfare States: New Approaches to Architecture, Community & Planning in Twentieth-Century Britain, 23-25 September 2020. Paper: ‘Soundscapes and the State: Building Welfare in the NHS through Acoustics’.
    • We were also planning to present at the following events in 2020, which were rescheduled due to Covid-19 disruption:
      • ‘New Narratives’, Arts University Bournemouth
      • ‘Making Space’, Association for Medical Humanities, University of Limerick,
      • ‘Space, Place and Design in the Medical and Health Humanities’, University of Southern Denmark,
      • ‘Design4Health’, Amsterdam

Wellcome Trust Network:

University of Bristol:

  • June-July 2019. Visiting Scholarship at the Centre for Sensory Studies, Concordia University. Supported by the University of Bristol International Strategic Fund.
  • June 2018. Writing retreat: Towards a collaborative sensory history.
  • April 2018. Towards a Sensory History of the Modern Hospital workshop. Supported by the University of Bristol Strategic Research Fund.

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