COLOUR my well-being is a conference focused on the interactive relationships of Arts and Health, held in association with the Journal of Applied Arts & Health and The University of Northampton. 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 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.

The deadline for abstracts is 12 December 2011. For more details please visit the conference web site.

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