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17th European Arts Therapies Conference​

11-14 September 2024



Registration for the 2024 ECArTE Conference is now closed

This year's conference is full and we are not able to take any more registrations. If you are a presenter or a co-presenter and have not yet registered your place or completed your payment you must do so now.

The conference will take place in three venues at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in Central Gent.

Visit to exhibition ‘UNHINGED’ at Dr Guislain Museum added for Thursday evening

Exhibition UNHINGED 'On Jitterbugs, Melancholics and Mad Doctors'
The exhibition draws attention to the evolution and influence of power relations in psychiatry. It brings to the fore how imagination gives perspective and makes the invisible visible. Unhinged mixes unique pieces with compelling anecdotes, big theories with hidden testimonies. Objects, books, and the arts come and go. Rather than burying psychiatry in history, Unhingedemphasises the importance of mental health today.
The exhibition also includes photography from Roger Ballen.

Tickets will be available to purchase at registration (maximum of 80 tickets)
Cost: €15

Here you can download a pdf file with a lot of practical information on how to get to Gent from the airports, places to stay etc.

More information about the location, the venues and other relevant details will be available once the programme is published in mid-April.

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by Bertolt Brecht (1939)

In the dark times

Will there also be singing?

Yes, there will also be singing 

About the dark times.

The Conference Theme


Singing about the dark times
Creation and Resistance in the arts therapies

Zingen over donkere tijden: creatie en verzet in creatieve therapie

Chanter les temps sombres:création et résistance dans les arts thérapies

The title for this conference in Ghent, Belgium, is inspired by the final sentence in Stéphane Hessel’s essay ‘Indignez-Vous’ where he states, ‘create to resist and resist to create’ (Hessel, 2011). Read more about the Conference Theme here.

Keynotes and Masterclasses

Dijana Milošević

Dijana Milošević is an award-winning theater director, activist, writer and lecturer. She co-founded DAH Theater and has been its leading director for over thirty years.

She was the Artistic Director for theater festivals and the president of the Association of Independent Theaters. She has been involved with several peace building initiatives, collaborating with feminist activist groups.


She also serves as a member of the Board at IMPACT – a network of arts and conflict transformation. She is recipient of prestigious fellowships and awards (Fulbright, Arts Link, Helena Vaz de Silva).


Uwe Hermann

Uwe Herrmann, PG Dip AT, MA, PhD, trained in fine art at Hannover University of Applied Arts & Sciences and art psychotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire and Goldsmiths College, University of London. Uwe has practised for more than three decades at the State Training Institute for the Blind in Hanover, Germany. Since 2010 he has also taught on the MA Art Therapy programme at Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin, where he was appointed visiting professor in 2014 and leading professor in 2024. Uwe has published and lectured widely on art therapy in Germany, many countries of the European Union, the UK and South Korea. His research interests are the psychodynamics and aesthetics of vision and congenital blindness, symbol formation and visual/artistic methods of enquiry in art psychotherapy.


Frankie Armstrong

Frankie Armstrong has been singing professionally since 1964. In 1975 she began her pioneering Voice Workshops all over Europe, North America and Australia working with Community Groups, Theatre Companies, International Voice and Theatre Festivals and in every kind of setting from hospitals to the National Theatre Studio London. She has made 12 solo albums, written her autobiography 'As Far As the Eye Can Sing' and edited a collection of essays 'Well Tuned Women' with Jenny Pearson. Her latest book is with Janet Rogers. 'Acting and Singing with Archetypes'. She has also contributed chapters to eleven other publications. In 2017 she was made President of the Natural Voice Network, and in 2018 was awarded the Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for outstanding contributions to the field of folk music.


Conference Bursary Scheme

We are offering a Conference Bursary Scheme which aims to support delegates financially in attending the ECArTE conference. There are a limited number of bursaries available, and applications will be assessed based on accessibility and motivation.  Applications must be received by the closing date of 13 May.



Before you register to attend the conference you must familiarise yourself with the Conference Programme. During registration you can then choose your preferred options. 



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