The Art of Healing follow-on: Impact and Engagement

December 2022

The Art of Healing team have been successful in raising follow-on funds from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to take further afield the process initiated with children and teachers at Dolphin School Pulwama, Kashmir in 2020/21.

Following evaluation of the first project, this next stage will enhance its value and benefit through work with other communities elsewhere in the region and extend into other areas of conflict. The project is led by Dr. Michael Buser of University of West of England.

Creating a difference – a role for the arts in addressing child wellbeing in conflict-affected areas, an article written by the team and outlining the project process and findings, has been published in Arts & Health journal.

Kalakar Qasbah and the Art of Healing

Webinar on the activities and findings of a recent Arts and Humanities/Global Challenges research project that has been supporting child wellbeing in areas of conflict through the arts

9:00 am to 12:00 pm UK (2:30 pm to 5:30 pm IST)

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Feel free to dip in and out… but please register in advance as the direct zoom link will be sent to registered attendees closer to the date.
 The event will explore how the arts are being used to support child wellbeing in a school in Kashmir, India. A series of short presentations will narrate the processes and outcomes of the recently concluded project The Art of Healing, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council project. Discussions will be led by academics, artists, and local stakeholders who will provide insights into the role of the arts and art therapy to support healing and mental wellbeing for young people living in conflict-affected areas. Followed by discussion.
Art of Healing website:

The Art of Healing in Kashmir: how creative activities can support child wellbeing in areas of conflict 2021-22

Kashmir is the centre of both a geopolitical struggle between India and Pakistan and an indigenous independence movement, one of the most militarised areas in the world. Since 1989 more than 80,000 people have been killed and everyday life is marked by the presence of military, curfews, stone-pelting and demonstrations. Children are particularly vulnerable in militarised areas and healing trauma is central for sustainable peace.

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