Following the success of its inaugural symposium, our arts team has developed this event into an annual symposium aiming to offer a space for sharing new emerging practices and research regarding the arts in palliative care.

With support from Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and Scottish Music Therapy Trust

The Arts in Palliative Care
‘(un)learning for uncertain times’
20th October 2021
Online event (9.30am – 5pm)

Co-organised by St Columba’s Hospice Care and Queen Margaret University 

This year’s symposium brings together arts therapists, community artists and other arts practitioners and scholars to reflect on their learning and their unlearning as they navigate through the ongoing uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes a critical consideration of the impact of uncertainty on creative work with individuals and communities in relation to death, dying and loss.

The symposium will include spoken paper presentations and dialogues, live performances and experiential workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in conversations and to network, as well as to access ‘In the making’; an online gallery of creative arts processes and products.

The symposium is a free, online event but registration is necessary. Places are limited to 100 and will be given on a first come, first served basis.

[registration now closed]

Donations are welcome

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Arts Symposium: <br>20th October 2021 illustration

Symposium Programme

In the making: Gallery 2021

The 'In the making: Gallery 2021' features examples of works from our Hospice Arts Service and the 2021 Queen Margaret University Art Psychotherapy graduate exhibition. Enjoy the works, a range of visual arts, creative writing, songs and other media, by clicking on the link below. 

Enter 'In the making' gallery

2020 Inaugural Arts Symposium

In October 2020 the first online symposium of its kind in Scotland brought together arts therapists, community, performing artists and professionals from different disciplinary spaces to re-consider what the arts can offer to people and communities when facing death, dying and loss.

Read about our 2020 Symposium

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