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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,  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: 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). 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

I have also been appointed as phd examiner, reviewer, guest editor and an advisory board member of journal.

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

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