Arts and Culture Research Symposium

The annual Arts and Culture Research Symposium creates awareness of the diversity of arts research, and encourages arts practitioners and researchers to discuss ideas.


The 2020 Arts and Culture Research Symposium was held on Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 3pm - 5pmWith the global COVID-19 crisis as a key issue across all societies, the theme of Arts and Health highlighted the value of arts and culture to society.


Programme and Speakers  


Opening Address

Mrs Rosa Daniel

Chief Executive Officer, NAC



Keynote Address

Dr Wong Tien Hua

Council Member, NAC and Singapore Medical Association


Presentation slides 


Culture Dose: An Arts Engagement Programme for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Prof Katherine Boydell

Head of Arts-based Knowledge Translation Lab, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales


Presentation slides

Notes from session


Dementia and Imagination: Art as Inspiration, Artists as Researchers

Dr Clive Parkinson

Director, Arts for Health

Reader in Arts, Health and Social Justice, Manchester Metropolitan University

Presentation slides

Notes from session


The State of Arts and Health in Singapore: Observations From The Field

Dr Joanne Yoong

Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California

Founder, Research for Impact Singapore

Presentation slides

Notes from session


The Impact of Arts-based Programmes in Dementia Care

Dr Donald Yeo

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Associate Trainer, Alzheimer's Disease Association


Presentation slides

Notes from session

Infographics on study

About the Arts and Dementia programme


Panel Discussion

Notes from session


Other Resources

Connecting Reminiscence, Artmaking and Cultural Heritage [pdf]

A Scoping Review of Arts-Based Health Research [pdf]

The Journey to a Wider Understanding of Ways of Knowing: Knowledge Translation and the Arts [pdf]

Social Prescribing: Linking Patients with Non-medical Support [weblink]


About the speakers

2020 Arts and Culture Research Symposium [pdf]