Professor Katherine Boydell, co-chair of the Arts Health Network, will be joined by Dr Barbara Doran and Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos at this year’s Vivid Ideas Exchange to talk about arts-based knowledge translation and to present the HIVE: a co-created art installation about health.

Drawing upon a range of artistic media – from sculpture and textiles to poetry and photography – the HIVE explores key issues related to the health sector, including refugee wellbeing, health in urban environments, palliative care, and mental health. The HIVE was co-created by 263 individuals, including artists, researchers, service providers, health consumers and carers.

The HIVE is an arts-based knowledge translation (ABKT) initiative – a means of communicating health knowledge through art. ABKT speaks to audiences who are excluded from conventional modes of research dissemination like as peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. By foregrounding creativity and lived experience, the HIVE creates space for dialogue and story-sharing between artists and health professionals, prioritises empathy and understanding, and challenges the dominant languages of empirical research.


Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Address: The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building, Ultimo NSW 2007
22 Aug 4pm – 6pm


Feature image: HIVE installation by Lucy Klippan. Lucy describes the artwork as “an abstract representation of projects that explored a new outreach model of care in early childhood … for children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds in South Eastern Sydney. Arms and hands symbolise the importance of human connection and the literal ‘reaching out’ of the system.”
Image copyright Lucy Klippan
Posted by Holly Davison