Kalakar Qasbah and the art of healing: supporting child wellbeing in areas of conflict through the arts.

Date: 19th of January 2022

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm UK / 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm IST

This webinar explored how the arts are being used to support child wellbeing in a school in Kashmir, India. A series of short presentations narrated the processes and outcomes of ‘the Art of Healing’. Discussions were led by academics, artists, and local stakeholders who gave insights into the role of the arts and art therapy to support healing and mental wellbeing for young people living in conflict-affected areas.

Timings of speakers in attached video:
3 minutes 02 seconds: Farooq Fazli (Dolphin International School Founder, Pulwama, Kashmir)

13 minutes 15 seconds: Addressing global issues – introducing the Art of Healing
Michael Buser (Associate Professor, University of the West of England, Bristol)

20 minutes 30 seconds: Creating a difference through the arts
Loraine Leeson (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Middlesex University)

29 minutes 30 seconds: Kalakar Qasbah, an artists’ collective, a journey in Kashmir
Vikrameet Sinha (BOAT: Building on Art Therapy) and Anurupa Roy (Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust)

1 hour 16 minutes 9 seconds: Developing an ethical evaluation strategy for assessing the wellbeing of children living in a conflict affected area.
Nicola Holt (Associate Professor in Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol),

1 hour 45 minutes 30 seconds: Role of arts in conflict areas using the BASIC PH coping model
Afeefa Farooq Fazli (Project Researcher) – pre-recorded presentation

2 hours 4 minutes: Children’s agency and resistance through art.
Emma Brannlund (Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of the West of England, Bristol)

2 hours 20 minutes 10 seconds: Schools for change: Disruption and Design in Conflict
Lopa Shah (Principal, Dolphin International School)

2 hours 42 minutes 35 seconds: Why might art-based interventions help children living in areas of conflict? First steps towards a theory of effect.
Julie Mytton (Professor of Public Health, University of the West of England, Bristol),

2 hours 55 minutes 20 seconds: open discussion and wrap up

Principal investigator: Dr. Michael Buser   Email: Contact form   Tel: +44 (0) 11732 83075

Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, Room 3Q13, University of the West of England,
Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, BS16 1QY, United Kingdom