Creativity and Wellbeing

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The link between creativity and wellbeing has been suggested for generations, but not well understood. The Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative is working across disciplines, to learn more about this link and to reveal how creativity can help us to live happier and healthier lives.

About

The aim of this Hallmark Research Initiative is to develop new frameworks and methods to better understand the link between creativity and wellbeing. These theoretical foundations will be partnered with industry expertise to develop reliable and practical methods for generating wellbeing in society.

It will also develop our understanding of what it means for people to achieve wellbeing and how creativity can be harnessed to achieve this aim.

The initiative brings together experts from various disciplines to investigate the:

  • relationship between creativity and wellbeing
  • impact of creativity on wellbeing across people's lives.

Faculties involved include:

  • Fine Arts and Music
  • Business and Economics
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • Melbourne School of Engineering
  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Arts
  • Architecture, Building and Planning.

Key questions

  • What barriers and enablers exist to experiences of creativity across different life stages?
  • How do creative activities:
    • optimise cognitive and emotional functions
    • strengthen a sense of identity
    • nurture intellectual growth and social bonds
    • enhance personal and social resilience?
  • What is the immediate and long-term effectiveness of creative activities in maintaining and protecting wellbeing?
  • Which creative activities and tools, including digital and networked technologies, best serve specific wellbeing goals?
  • Which creative activities and tools support creativity in an economically sustainable way, for large numbers of individuals?

The initiative will apply the answers to these questions to recognise the types, roles and values of creativity from numerous disciplinary perspectives, and investigate how best to deliver wellbeing benefit through creative activities.

Research program

The aim of the initiative’s research is to identify how people's wellbeing increases due to participation in creative activities. Research will also explore the role that wellbeing has on a person’s capacity for creativity.

This will be achieved by measuring the impact of creativity on:

  • physical wellbeing
  • memory
  • social connectivity
  • identity affirmation and development
  • personal and social resilience.

The initiative works with the public, government and industry to deliver wellbeing benefits to the community.

Research themes

Creativity and wellbeing

This theme investigates:

  • the immediate and long-term effectiveness of creative activities in maintaining and protecting wellbeing
  • creativity and its capacity to enhance physical and mental health
  • medical and psychological pathways to health and wellbeing.
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Left, Write, Hook: The efficacy of writing and boxing in assisting survivors of sexual trauma in moving towards post-traumatic growth

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Mental health and wellbeing

This theme investigates:

  • the immediate and long-term effectiveness of creative activities in maintaining and protecting wellbeing
  • the history of creativity and its links to the creation of the modern ‘self’.

Interdisciplinary research in this field is also being done through the:

Related projects

This is me: Exploring how shared music expression with peers can support psychological wellbeing in autistic young adults

Fostering youth wellbeing using music

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Wellbeing and healthy ageing

This theme explores the use of creative activities in older age to:

  • optimise cognitive and emotional functions
  • strengthen identity
  • nurture intellectual growth and social bonds
  • enhance personal and social resilience.
Related projects

Through their lenses: Creativity, wellbeing and women's experiences of ageing

Sociological factors and creativity across a lifespan

This theme explores how certain factors influence creativity and wellbeing, including:

  • life stage (for example childhood, older age)
  • gender, race, language as well as socio-economic factors including income and education.

It will also explore:

  • barriers and enablers to experiences of creativity, across various groups of people and life stages
  • wellbeing and cognitive development
  • creative arts education.
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Feral pedagogies: Exploring how queer performance builds queer community, resilience and wellbeing

Creating well-beings through creativity and imagination in community-based dietetic practice

Healthy people, healthy country and healthy art careers: Understanding creativity and cultural identities in new Indigenous artistic practices and industries

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Creative technology for wellbeing

This theme explores activities and tools that can serve specific wellbeing goals. This includes digital and networked technologies, including virtual reality.

It includes looking at tools that can:

  • support creativity in an economically sustainable way, for large numbers of individuals
  • increase wellbeing in old age, including reducing the risk of developing dementia
  • increase social connectedness.
Related projects

Communities over the airwaves: How the creativity of community language radio promotes wellbeing among new and emerging migrant communities in Australia

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Wellbeing, environment and creativity

This theme explores how our environment can encourage or discourage creativity and wellbeing. It is examining existing environments while proposing alternatives across settings such as:

  • domestic environments including aged care facilities
  • clinical and institutional settings
  • educational environments
  • workplaces.

Projects

Projects funded in 2020 include:

The Othello theatre in education project: Fostering creativity and wellbeing in the face of high levels of violence against women

This project includes a collaborative team from education, theatre and performance and feminist and cultural studies. Building on pilot research in criminology, it looks at how theatre and interdisciplinary research can improve the wellbeing of young people in a climate of widespread violence against women.

  • The project will use a research-creation approach to examine how the play ‘Othello on Trial’:
  • deploys theatre-based techniques that acknowledge diversity in the classroom
  • queries assumptions about Shakespeare’s universality and colour-blindness.

The project will include performances informed by the research team’s collective practice and a symposium for invited stakeholders in the Victorian education sector. These events will help assess the project’s potential for inclusion in school-based curricula, and show the valuable contribution theatre can make to young people’s creativity, critical thinking and wellbeing.

Resulting research data and resources will form a digital study to ensure the project’s longevity. This can be used by schools and policymakers in Australia and internationally.

Team members: Kathryn Coleman (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Adrian Howe (Arts), Lauren Rosewarne (Arts), Scott Welsh (Victoria University), Richard Sallis (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Sarah Truman (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Sarah Healy (Melbourne Graduate School of Education).

Contact: Kathryn Coleman, Coordinating Investigator at kathryn.coleman@unimelb.edu.au

Home Truths: an investigation into the impact of embodied storytelling practices on the wellbeing of justice-involved young people

Home Truths investigates the impact of embodied storytelling practices on wellbeing outcomes for justice-involved young people in Victoria.

The project comprises three distinct phases:

  • a cross-disciplinary literature review
  • delivery of embodied storytelling workshops to a group of incarcerated young people, led by embodied movement artist-researcher Rinske Ginsberg
  • the performance of workshop outcomes.

The workshops will take the creative provocation of Home Truths as a starting point to explore participants' lived experience of loneliness and belonging.

In partnership with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, outcomes of the workshops will be performed to friends and family of workshop participants in a youth justice setting, and to public audiences as part of the Common Rooms program.

Team members: Rinske Ginsberg (Fine Arts and Music), Sarah Austin (Fine Arts and Music), Sanne Oostermeijer (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Diana Johns (Arts).

Partners: Andrea Davidson (Parkville Youth Justice Precinct), Simon Abrahams (Melbourne Fringe).

Contact: Rinske Ginsberg, Coordinating Investigator at rinskeg@unimelb.edu.au

Embodying recovery and hope: How drama and youth theatre can respond to eco-anxiety and support recovery in disaster affected communities

Recent devastating floods, drought, and bushfires in Australia have had a profound impact on children and young people living in disaster affected communities, where they are dealing with the effects of family stress, displacement, trauma, and loss.

Those outside disaster zones witnessing the crisis can also be susceptible to feelings of vicarious trauma. These factors, coupled with the growing global movement towards action on climate change, have led to an increase in 'eco-anxiety' or 'ecological grief' among children and young people. Many are witnessing the devastating effects of climate change and experiencing feelings of helplessness and despair.

This project examines the role of youth theatre and drama in responding to the multifaceted effects of this crisis.

Research shows that arts-based wellbeing interventions can positively impact young people's ability to:

  • process their experiences following a disaster
  • manage post-traumatic stress
  • build social cohesion and self-confidence.

The arts can also play a valuable role in narrating the community's response to disaster, and in rallying strengths in moving towards recovery. Embodied artforms such as theatre and drama provide a collaborative, agentic experience where people can explore complex issues and emotions, and ideas for the future.

Working with grassroots practitioners and established youth theatre companies, the team will explore how theatre and drama can facilitate a sense of wellbeing and agency for children and young people. Both in direct approaches to post-disaster recovery, and in addressing eco-anxiety and ecological grief experienced on a societal level.

Team members: Sarah Woodland (Fine Arts and Music), Helen Cahill (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Linda Hassall (Griffith University), Simon Rice (Orygen Centre for Youth Mental Health).

Partners: Fraser Corfield (Australian Theatre for Young People), Tiffany Vatcher and Jennifer South (Upstage Independent Theatre School).

Contact: Sarah Woodland, Coordinating Investigator at sarah.woodland@unimelb.edu.au

Mental Dance

Dance provides a way to experience interconnectedness and reclaim a sense of wellbeing by teaching us to acknowledge rather than avoid difficult emotions and uncomfortable movements. As our world becomes increasingly digitised, we need new practiced forms of expression that can help us navigate the emerging bodily, social and environmental challenges of being “always online”.

This creative project brings together a cognitive neuroscientist, a choreographer and a composer to explore how gesture, music and costume can respond to neuronal activity in the brain made visible by an electroencephalogram (EEG).

The EEG data will be translated into markers for change in frequency and gestural range by the dancer, and a test audience will be invited to experience the outcome: a dance performance and workshop which will challenge our thinking about technology, music, the body and the brain.

Team members: Carol Brown (Fine Arts and Music), Marta Garrido (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Monica Lim (independent artist), Linda Sastradipradja (Fine Arts and Music).

Contact: Carol Brown, Coordinating Investigator at carol.brown@unimelb.edu.au

International students creating comedy to foster wellbeing: 'Are you joking?'

This arts-based research project will explore how collaborating in a performance-related creative endeavour, to create and produce a comedy performance, may foster wellbeing for international students at the University of Melbourne.

This project sits at the junction of language, identity, creativity, the performing arts and education. International student volunteers will explore, experiment and extend their knowledge of language, place and humour to create and produce a comedy performance on the theme of the life of an international student.

The project will offer students the opportunity to:

  • connect with others on a creative level
  • meet and form friendships with others from a variety of faculties and discipline areas
  • learn from and support each other in developing their knowledge, skills and confidence
  • enhance their social circles and counter experiences of loneliness in university life.

Students will apply their knowledge of English to explore informal language use outside of academic settings, with increased scope for playfulness, boundary blurring and ‘trespassing’.

The project seeks to discover how the students’ sense of wellbeing, and their confidence in using their oral and written English language skills, may be impacted by these creative endeavours. It will also interrogate the potential pitfalls and challenges of a project of this kind, which may inform the creation and development of future programs of a similar nature.

Team members: Richard Sallis (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Diane de Saint Leger (Arts), Jayne Lysk (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Danielle Clayman (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences).

Contact: Richard Sallis, Coordinating Investigator at sallis@unimelb.edu.au

Creative spaces for wellbeing: Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Rooms in Australian Children's Hospitals

Captain Starlight is a creative program that operates in every major children's hospital in Australia. The program is designed to reduce the loneliness, pain and stress often associated with hospitalisation. It does this by engaging users, such as sick children and their parents, in creative activities and play with 'Captain Starlight'. The activity takes place in Starlight Express Rooms – a treatment free zone dedicated to creativity and wellbeing in a hospital environment.

While the program has been successful, the role of creativity in delivering positive wellbeing outcomes to sick children and their parents is not well understood. Indicators suggest a mix of factors, such as the training and skills of Captain Starlight and the design of the Starlight Express Rooms. As such, the program provides a clear view to the intersection of creativity and wellbeing for people facing adversity.

This project will investigate the role of creativity in the work of Captain Starlight. It will deliver creative activities related to the work of Captain Starlight to the homes of users of the program. The activities allow participants to reflect on the impact of the program on their lives. They will also help the research team understand the role of creativity in protecting and scaffolding participants' wellbeing. The project will also provide a theoretical basis to identify which elements of the program could be:

  • used standalone
  • made mobile
  • used in places without Starlight Express Rooms.

These findings will be used to create best practice guidelines for the future training of Captain Starlights. They will also inform the curriculum of the University of Melbourne's online Specialist Certificate of Creativity and Health – which launches in 2020.

Team members: Ralph Hampson (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Clare Newton (Architecture, Building and Planning), Frederic Kiernan (Fine Arts and Music), Sofia Colabella (Architecture, Building and Planning), Claire Treadgold (University of New South Wales), Lawrence Ashford (University of Sydney).

Partners: Felicity McMahon (Starlight Children's Foundation)

Contact: Ralph Hampson, Coordinating Investigator at ralph.hampson@unimelb.edu.au

2019 projects

Ongoing projects funded in 2019 include:

Communities over the airwaves: how the creativity of community language radio promotes wellbeing among new and emerging migrant communities in Australia

Certain new and emerging migrant communities are denied access to literacy and writing skills in their home countries. For this reason, community radio in Australia plays a critical role in supporting their wellbeing, as it is a publicly supported outlet for cultural expression.

This project will gather information about the experiences of community language radio presenters and listeners from migrant communities, focusing on their sense of connection and wellbeing.

By doing this, the creative mechanisms underpinning these social benefits will be more clearly understood. This in turn will generate an enriched understanding of the nature of creativity itself in the context of community language radio.

Team members: John Hajek (Arts), Amanda E Krause (Fine Arts and Music), Anya Lloyd-Smith (Arts), Greg Wadley (Melbourne School of Engineering), Amber Hammill (Auckland University of Technology), John Gillies, Manager (3ZZZ), Jo Curtin (Executive Officer, Community Broadcasting Foundation).

Contact:  John Hajek, Coordinating Investigator at j.hajek@unimelb.edu.au

Feral pedagogies: Exploring how queer performance builds queer community, resilience and wellbeing

While homophobic and transphobic violence is on the rise internationally, queer performance work endures at a local level – and in the process, it sustains marginalised LGBTQI+ communities.

The project explores:

  • the role that creativity in arts festivals and venues plays within queer sociality
  • the way in which arts festivals contribute to the wellbeing of those with gender and sexually diverse lives.

The project proposes an innovative conceptual approach – 'feral pedagogies' – to harness this knowledge. Defining feral as 'the domesticated gone wild', this project will use 'feral pedagogies' as a methodology to de-domesticate and de-institutionalise queer knowledges and re-wild them at the centre of academic and queer community practice. This will be achieved through creative work itself, in the form of a ‘Feral Queer Camp’. In this environment, queer performance, and its impact on the wellbeing of queer communities, can be considered directly.

Team members: Alyson Campbell (Fine Arts and Music), Hannah McCann (Arts), Jennifer Audsley (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Stephen Farrier (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London), Daniel Santangeli (Program Manager, Midsumma Festival), Brenton Geyer (Senior Communications Officer, Living Positive Victoria), Dianne Toulson (General Manager, Theatre Works).

Contact: Alyson Campbell, Coordinating Investigator at alyson.campbell@unimelb.edu.au

Fostering youth wellbeing using music

This project aims to develop a new measure for understanding the creative strategies for emotion regulation used by young people in relation to music.

This project will explore the ways secondary school students use music to optimise their emotional wellbeing. It will identify and examine the role of creativity in these regulatory strategies. Findings are likely to identify protective factors for wellbeing and risk factors of distress.

Resources will be developed in collaboration with community and departmental research partners. Integrating expertise from music psychology, music therapy and education, this partnership will create an engaging music program that supports young people to use their creative capabilities to optimise learning and lifelong wellbeing.

Team members: Tan-Chyuan Chin (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Katrina McFerran (Fine Arts and Music), Edwina Ricci (Project Manager – Maroondah Positive Education Network, DET Victoria), Adam Cooper (Team Leader – Youth and Children's Services, Maroondah City Council), Anita Holman (Coordinator – Youth Development, Yarra Ranges Council).

Contact: Tan-Chyuan Chin, Coordinating Investigator at tanchyuan.chin@unimelb.edu.au

Creating wellbeing – creativity and imagination in community health practice

Social health and wellbeing affect individual wellbeing. Yet marginalised communities face barriers accessing healthcare services and support. This means they often miss out on services that could benefit their health and wellbeing and prevent chronic disease. Individual health behaviours are also influenced by broader social and cultural factors.

These communities need new ways to access quality healthcare services – that understand and meet their needs.

Health and wellbeing communication, education and behaviour change are effective when they are relevant, meaningful and culturally sensitive. Creative approaches to communication could allow clients and practitioners talk about health in engaging and accessible ways. They could also help people understand and share health beliefs, motivations and capabilities.

This project brings together researchers and community health practitioners from the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne and Your Community Health – a not-for-profit community health service in northern Melbourne.

The project examines the role of creativity within five elements of community health practice:

  • health-related communication (speaking, listening, reading, writing, creating, viewing) in diverse cultural and linguistic communities
  • planning for health-related behaviour change
  • health-related education
  • client engagement and self-efficacy about health and wellbeing
  • practitioner-client relationships.

The project works with people from Your Community Health. All participants are from priority access populations including:

  • people experiencing socio-economic disadvantage
  • people from multicultural backgrounds.

We will explore the role of creativity in health and wellbeing, using focus groups, interviews and creative approaches.

The project combines several research areas:

  • community-based healthcare
  • social health
  • positive psychology
  • anthropology.

Project findings will inform a larger, future project. This will look at the benefits of creative communication in social health practice and promotion. It will focus on Your Community Health, which currently uses some of these creative practices. Ongoing research also supports partnerships between academic and community settings. This in turn supports evidence-based social-health practice and wellbeing.

Team members: Lindsay Oades (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Adrian Hearn (Arts), Jessica Taylor (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Ju-Lin Lee (Your Community Health).

Contact: Lindsay Oades, Coordinating Investigator at lindsay.oades@unimelb.edu.au

Through their lenses: Creativity, wellbeing and women's experiences of ageing

This qualitative research examines creativity as a vital aspect of the wellbeing and ageing experiences of 15 – 20  women over 50. The women are participants in a Victorian photography project called 500 Strong created by Australian photographer Ponch Hawkes. The photographs will be part of Flesh after Fifty, an exhibition and series of events promoting positive images of older women.

We will hold interviews and workshops exploring the embodied experiences of the women both as active participants in the photo shoot and as photographed representations. The key questions being addressed include:

  • How do women understand and practice creativity?
  • How does creativity contribute to women’s sense of wellbeing?
  • How is creativity linked to women’s experiences of ageing?

This project aims to counter stereotyped and reductive portrayals of older women that focus on decline and loss. It also aims to contest discourses that address ageing purely as an economic concern. Instead, it conceptualises the experience of ageing as a process where health, creativity and material welfare are interdependent.

The study will contribute to research on creative engagement and wellbeing in later life and supplement public health literature that focuses on ageing as a medical or policy concern. In addition, it hopes to identify women who are not present in this research project. Who might they be and how might they engage with notions of creativity, ageing and wellbeing?

Team: Cathy Vaughan (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Martha Hickey (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Jane Davidson (Fine Arts & Music), Lila Moosad (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences).

Contact: Cathy Vaughan, Coordinating Investigator at cmvaug@unimelb.edu.au

Left, Write, Hook: The efficacy of writing and boxing in assisting survivors of sexual trauma in moving towards post traumatic growth

Left, Write, Hook is a creative arts workshop series combining weekly writing and boxing sessions. It is designed to help women who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma to find a connection to their body, mind and spirit through these weekly sessions. The project pairs two contrasting creative acts – writing and boxing – to explore how:

  • cognitive and emotional functions can be optimised
  • shared identity between women can be strengthened
  • personal growth, social bonds and resilience can be nurtured and enhanced.

We hypothesise that the dual approach of written/verbal and embodied creativity serves to enhance the wellbeing of survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. The first hour of each workshop is dedicated to writing, sharing and listening. The second hour is designed to enable women to reclaim their bodies as sites of power and strength, through the physical impact of non-contact boxing for sport.

The project is the idea of Coordinating Investigator Donna Lyon, who wrote about the power of combining writing and boxing on her blog in 2018:

"Boxing has become a metaphor for my recovery and my life as a survivor. The positive effect that boxing has had on me, in terms of my overall health and wellbeing, has been phenomenal. I have met many other women like me and I have a strong desire to share stories of recovery, empowerment and hope, using writing and the sport of boxing to aid this."

The workshops will be filmed, with the intention of material being used as a proof of concept to attract funding for a larger documentary project, pending the outcomes of the research. Interviews will be conducted to assess the results and impact of the workshop.

Team: Donna Lyon (Fine Arts and Music), Margaret Osborne (Fine Arts and Music; Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Steve Thomas (Fine Arts and Music), Shannon Owen (Fine Arts and Music), Khandis Blake (Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences).

Contact: Donna Lyon, Coordinating Investigator at donna.lyon@unimelb.edu.au

This is me: Exploring how shared music expression with peers can support psychological wellbeing in autistic young adults

Social activities in the community that are accessible to a range of people are challenging to find, and often struggle to be genuinely inclusive. Autistic individuals are particularly vulnerable to social exclusion. This is because their ways of engaging with the world are sometimes not well understood by typically developing (non-autistic) people. Reducing isolation and increasing meaningful social networks appear to be protective factors that support wellbeing for all young people, including those on the autism spectrum.

There is a body of research that shows participating in community music making can foster a sense of belonging and connection between group members. But this potential has not been researched in the Australian autistic community. This project will thus evaluate whether social music making can create the conditions for young autistic people to build their social networks.

We understand human social communication other than speech to be fundamentally musical. We also believe that these musical features of communication are inherently creative. The rhythm of our movements and the melody of our voice are vital to convey our meaning to those around us. When there is shared understanding between individuals, there is often a greater sense of belonging and connection. Working from the belief that musical creativity is a natural part of social communication and therefore present in all people, we seek to challenge existing sociocultural frameworks that tend to privilege certain formal or aesthetic criteria in music performance. This bias can result in a failure to recognise creative expression by individuals whose form of communication differs from the norm.

Through a series of music workshops, we’ll challenge beliefs about what creativity is. We’ll explore how creativity can be expanded to reflect greater diversity in the embodied, emotional connections that arise through human expressiveness.

Team: Grace Thompson (Fine Arts and Music), Melissa Raine (Arts), Susan Hayward (School of Psychology, Deakin University), Elena Ashley (AMAZE).

Contact: Grace Thompson, Coordinating Investigator at graceat@unimelb.edu.au

Healthy people, healthy Country and healthy art careers: Understanding creativity and cultural identities in new Indigenous artistic practices and industries

The links between the social and emotional wellbeing of people and the physical and spiritual wellbeing of Country are widely recognised in Indigenous public and research spaces.

The role of artistic and creative practice in this nexus is often assumed in the Indigenous context, but there is much more to learn about the nature of this role, and especially how the careers of Indigenous artists are intertwined with the health and wellbeing of people and country in remote Indigenous communities.

Three Indigenous artist-researchers from the Mowanjum Art Centre in the west Kimberley undertook a five-day printmaking residency at the University’s Southbank campus. The artworks will be shown at a public art exhibition in 2020. The residency aimed to illuminate the creative priorities, concepts, processes, practices and desired futures of Indigenous artists through the development of a portfolio of artworks. The works will also be documented in a digital workbook.

This project is seeking to understand what these artistic and creative practices reveal about the relationship between the art industry, in the Indigenous context, and the wellbeing of Indigenous people and country. This project will also investigate how this information might be used to help Indigenous artists and their communities to flourish.

Check out the blog, Healthy Art Careers Blog, for more information.

Team: Megan McPherson (Fine Arts and Music), Kathryn Coleman (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Sally Treloyn (Fine Arts and Music), Ella Doonan (manager, Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre).

Contact: Megan McPherson, Coordinating Investigator at mcpherson.m@unimelb.edu.au

People

Initiative Chair

Professor Jane Davidson

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Academic Convenor

Frederic Kiernan

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Steering Committee

News and events

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CAWRI News #3

17 Jun 2020 – In this issue: From the Chair, survey on creativity, the arts, and COVID-19, music across the balconies, round 2 seed projects announced, Musicovid, publishing opportunities.

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Music across the balconies

11 May 2020 – The viral spread of music and dance across the internet represents a more hopeful contagion as we adapt to physical isolation.

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CAWRI News #2

25 Feb 2020 – In this issue: From the Chair, Creativity and bushfire recovery: explore resources, Round 2 seed funding now open, CAWRI project spotlight: Feral pedagogies.

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Creativity and Bushfire Recovery

23 Jan 2020 – A regularly updated list of creative resources that may be useful to bushfire-affected individuals and communities over the longer term.

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CAWRI News #1

21 Nov 2019 – Announcing the first issue of the CAWRI News and information about how to subscribe.

Funding

The initiative offers seed funding grants for projects to build capacity, and support new and emerging multidisciplinary research collaborations that explore the intersection of creativity and wellbeing.

In 2019, the initiative funded several research projects that are still underway. Grants of up to A$13 000 were awarded to eight project teams. The initiative funded further projects in 2020.

Creativity and wellbeing PhD top-up grants

COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented financial impact on the research community. The Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative (CAWRI) has released a pool of A$15 000 to fund small grants up to A$1000 each, for PhD students working in our theme area.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 10 July 2020.


Apply for a PhD top-up grant


More information

If you’re outside the University and would like to start or get involved with a project, contact Research Coordinator Frederic Kiernan on +61 3 9035 4597 or email kiernanf@unimelb.edu.au

Connect

Whether you’re a researcher, external organisation or member of the public, you can engage with the initiative in a number of ways:

  • Participate in research projects.
  • Attend workshops and public events.

We would love to hear from you! For more information about the Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative, contact Research Coordinator Frederic Kiernan on +61 3 9035 4597 or email kiernanf@unimelb.edu.au

If you have questions or comments in relation to the Hallmark Research Initiatives program, email hallmark-initiatives@unimelb.edu.au

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