Welcome to the Value, Creativity and Human Flourishing workshop website of the MMU Critical Medical Humanities, Aesthetics and Creativity and Disability Networks, an interdisciplinary international two-day conference at Manchester Metropolitan University on 27-28 July 2016.

The workshop explores what we mean when we talk about the value of the arts and creativity and some of the problems with which the requirement to measure ‘value’ presents us. The second day of the workshop develops our conversation about these questions with specific reference to creative work with people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health conditions. The workshop combines provocative contributions from artists and academics from a range of disciplines, group activities and discussion. We invite participants to bring along or identify a cultural artefact or practice (from an artwork to a song or object) that they value.

The workshop is open to everyone, although places are limited to 40.

We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester Metropolitan very soon. If you wish to attend and haven’t already contacted us, please email Anna Bergqvist (a.bergqvist@mmu.ac.uk) and Lucy Burke l.burke@mmu.ac.uk directly. We have a very limited number of places left that will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any queries ahead of your arrival please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Conference and Events team on 0161 247 1355 or venues@mmu.ac.uk

Artwork: The artwork on the title page is titled ‘My Eyes in the Time of Apparition’ by artist August Natterer (1968-1933), dating from 1913. The image is reproduced from the Open Access WikiArt entry on the artist.