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I am Michael Tan, an arts-health practitioner and creative health researcher, artist and educator from Singapore. My work explores and supports the investigation of the role of arts, design and culture for health, wellbeing and human flourishing. My interdisciplinary training in art and design, humanities and social science has led me to develop a growing track record of interdisciplinary creative health research collaborations with colleagues within and outside of academia to transform the culture of care through creativity. My ongoing inquiry explores, interrogates, and imagines care in relation to creative practice.

I am currently in the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) GROW Mental Health Research Programme (Summer 2022 cohort), was a visiting research fellow (Summer 2022) at the Centre for Arts, Design, Social Research for Cosmological Gardens: Cultivating Caring Cultures.

I am currently an Associate Professor in Art and Design at Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. In my current role, I have developed the new MA in Design for Health Programme (commencing Fall 2022) and am supporting postgraduate education (PhD & MA). With an aim to foster a healthy and compassionate society, my research interest and current inquiries include:

  • Arts, Design and Culture for Health and Wellbeing
  • Creative Health
  • Mental Health Literacy
  • End of life, Bereavement and Loss
  • Creativity, Nature-connectedness and wellbeing
  • Creative Ageing
  • Young carers

I am also keen to explore collaboration or supervise projects related to, but not limited to the following lines of inquiry:

  • The Future of Care and wellbeing
  • Therapeutic engagements/ experience (e.g. technology-inspired participatory)
  • Therapeutic Objects
  • Communicating Health

My ongoing collaborations include The Repository for Arts and Health Resources (Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University), The A-health Project (Mcgill University- Nanyang Technological University), University of Sheffield Deepend PPI Network and Palliative Care Studies Advisory Group and Compassionate Sheffield.

I have served as PhD examiner, external examiner, reviewer and guest editor for international peer-reviewed journals addressing Creative practice, health and wellbeing. More recently, in 2021, I was appointed as an advisory board member of the Journal of Design for Health.

As a leading advocate for arts & design for health development in Singapore, my creative practice, publications, collaborations, public engagements, and teaching have contributed to improving community and Long-Term Eldercare through developing and implementing the seminal island-wide nursing home art residency programme in Singapore with The Agency for Integrated Care Singapore (AIC) and the National Arts Council (NAC), supporting community care sectors by developing publicly accessible resources such as the Sparks! Art for Wellness toolkit, and Arts, Ageing and Wellbeing Toolkit; promoting wellbeing of people living with Chronic Illness (Dementia Singapore, Parkinson’s society Singapore, Project Dreamcatcher- Youth with Chronic illness), informed policy development on arts and community wellbeing. Other notable contributions include:

  • leading seminal research on the State of arts and health development in Singapore, adding new insights from Asia to the growing international literature in this area,
  • established the Arts and Health Repository Singapore, an online resource that actively documents and provides updates on the state of arts and health field in Singapore through a listing of practice, policy, research and capacity development.
  • Developed and taught the interdisciplinary module on Arts, Ageing and Wellbeing for the MSc in Applied Gerontology programme, School of Social Science, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  

For inquiries on collaboration or supervision on projects related to art and design, for health and wellbeing, please contact me.

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