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I am Michael Tan, an arts-health practitioner and researcher, artist and educator from Singapore. As a leading advocate for arts & design for health development in Singapore, my research and work interest, supports and explores art and design practices in relation to health & Well-being, and human flourishing. I am interested to explore and imagine ways which creative practice can shape the culture of care in various care settings and the wider context of medical/ health humanities and health communication. At the heart of these explorations, I am interested to shape and imagine forms and approaches to human caring with a good sprinkle of creativity.

My research interests include:

  • Arts, Design and Culture for Health and Wellbeing
  • Creative Ageing
  • Socially-Engaged Art and Design
  • Health/ Medical Humanities
  • Art and design in Medicine Education
  • Arts-based Social/ Health Research / Visual Methods
  • Art & design-based Health Communication

Since joining Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University, UK in June 2020 as an Associate Professor in Art and Design, I have been contributing to postgraduate education development, served as examiner, and developing new research strands that aim to foster a healthy and compassionate society by exploring creativity, nature, self-care and end of life issues.

My ongoing collaborations include: The Flourishing in Medicine (Queen Mary University of London), 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); Art in Dermatology Education (Duke-NUS). I keen to explore collaboration or supervise projects related, but not limited to the following lines of inquiry:

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

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

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