Aesthetics in Mental Health Network (AiMH) – Meetings

Aesthetics in Mental Health Network (AiMH) – Meetings

AiMH works through networking between its members supported by regular meetings to share developing ideas and experience.

We have hold several Advanced Study Days and a larger conference between the Institute for Social Aesthetics of the Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, and the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice, St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

We welcome proposals for meetings in members’ own organizations (see below, Future Meetings)

List of Meetings 

Inaugural Meeting: St Catherine’s College, Oxford – 13.06.14 

The inaugural meeting of the Network took the form of an Advanced Studies Seminar that offered a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and development of ideas on the role of aesthetics in mental health and social care

Further details:

Aesthetics and Mental Health: St Catherine’s College, Oxford – 29.05.15

This seminar extended the themes developed in the first seminar with contributions from a range of further speakers working with aesthetics in various areas of health care.

Further details:

Hospitality and Mental Health: Institute for Social Aesthetics and Mental Health, Sigmund-Freud-University Vienna – May 19th and Saturday May 20th 2017

This two-day conference built on the Berleant’s concept of social aesthetics to explore the role of ‘hospitality’ in mental health clinics.

Further details:

Advanced Studies Conference: Aesthetic Moments in Everyday Clinical Practice:

Advanced Studies Conference: Aesthetic Moments in Everyday Clinical Practice: Inspiration and Innovation for Connected Humane Care Wednesday, October 31st 2018 10.00 – 18.00hrs


Advanced Studies Conference: Vitality and Wellbeing Aesthetic Considerations, Concepts and Clinical Practice.

Organized by:
Institute for Social Aesthetics and Mental Health, Sigmund Freud University Vienna, Austria; Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, England; Endowment Fund Erwin Ringel Institute (Stiftungsfond Erwin Ringel Institut) Vienna, Austria; Institute for Social Aesthetics and Mental Health, Sigmund Freud University Berlin, Germany.

Conference Date:
Saturday 16. Nov 2019

Further Details
Meeting invitation

Future Meetings

‘Save the Date’ for Friday 29th May 2020 – Aesthetics in Mental Health Network: Advanced Study Day

Title: ‘Clinical Applications and Evaluation of Aesthetic Practices in Mental Health’

You are invited to submit abstracts for selection to address this title. (300 words maximum)

In this group, “aesthetic” refers to sense perception (from Greek origin) and arising imagination. Please define the way you use the term at the beginning of your abstract.. 

Some examples of issues that are relevant to the day are given below:

What is your experience of working with aesthetics in mental health and well-being? In relation to this how do you evaluate what you do?

What impact does your work have?

Do you use innovative, adapted or existing methods of evaluation?

How do you know what your outcomes are?Other related questions will be welcomed and considered…. 


Michael Musalek 

Helena Fox  

Please email with your abstracts by March 15th 2020

Further information

Information about future meetings will be circulated to AiMH members and by way of an announcement through the VBP website

If you are not already on the VBP mailing list and would like information on future meetings please contact us

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If you have ideas for meetings or would like to host a meeting in your own organization please contact us

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