19-20 APRIL 2012


An International Conference exploring colour within Applied Arts, Health & Well-being

In association with the Journal of Applied Arts & Health and The University of Northampton

Abstract deadline: 12 December 2011

Over two days (with an optional third day workshop class) artists, health professionals and academics from around the world will gather at The University of Northampton to explore developments in the way colour is used for health and well-being.

COLOUR my well-being is a conference focused on the interactive relationships of Arts and Health.

Target audience

This conference will be of particular interest to:

Researchers and practitioners, allied health professionals, creative, alternative and complimentary therapists, people working in health and social care, creative media, design and education.

Presenters and delegates are encouraged from a range of interests which may include, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Colour use in trauma and illness with children, elderly or the dying
  • Colour use in criminal rehabilitation
  • Physiology, perception, cognition, behavioural studies
  • Colour assessments/ psychophysical states – uses of the Lüscher colour test
  • Expressive therapy/ Art therapy – colour use, expression & transformational qualities
  • Occupational therapy applications


  • Environmental specialists and architects – décor, harmony, mental health
  • Sound & light installations for wellbeing and mood alteration
  • Colour dyes, paints, oils – health risks – toxins

Living with or without colour

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Colour, sound & music – colour as metaphor
  • Synaesthesia, dyslexia, colour vision deficiency
  • Clothing – reflection of mood/health/uniforms for health professions
  • Cultural – colour & health variations, perception, symbolism & ritual
  • Theatre, ritual & shamanism
  • Instruments & implements – light treatments & colour torches
  • Spiritual & paranormal – mandalas and the sub-conscious, aura photography/video


Abstracts for papers, posters and workshops are invited from a variety of disciplines and interests. We welcome contributions of ongoing and completed research, experiential studies, narratives and examples of best practice that inform and contribute to the evidence base regarding how Health and Arts interact with each other, and how this could be used in the future to enhance the field.

More information is available on abstract submission.

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