The Art, Design and Health Hub is home to a diverse team of researchers and practitioners working across the College’s disciplines to address the health and well-being agenda.
Our work is primarily human-centred and takes many forms. Swansea College of Art has an established partnership with Cerebra, a leading research charity, which works to support families of children with neurological conditions. The College has hosted the Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) since 2005 and collaborates on its vital work through practice-based research and development. Professor John Wyn Owen CB FRSPH FLSW, Chair of the CIC Steering Group, recently presented at the Art of Health in Wales 2016 Symposium, outlining the importance and value of the arts and humanities for the health and well-being of the people of Wales. A transcript of the presentation can be found here.
In 2017 the College is set to launch the Assistive Technology Innovation Centre (ATIC) to increase R&I support for medical companies and healthcare related charities.
Swansea College of Art has strong and active engagement with both ABM and Hywel Dda University Health Boards in R&I and Arts Practice. Recently the University appointed Prof Nick Ossei-Gerning, a consultant cardiologist at Cardiff and the Vale UHB as an Honorary Professor of Practice in recognition of his work with Professor Sue Williams of Swansea College of Art.
The Hub exists to support its members in developing research which explores the human condition or by developing interventions to improve health and well-being. The research outcomes are disseminated through exhibitions, symposia, publications, teaching and the design and development of innovative products.
The Hub welcomes enquiries, discussion and opportunities for collaborative research.