The healing power of art #HelendeKunst (in Dutch)

Colloquium & workshops

Science is no longer in doubt: art has a positive influence on the wellbeing and health of patients. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) join forces with IN/FINITY, a project launched by TOPAZ (Wemmel), a day center for supportive and palliative care. 

The collective ambition is to prevent further social isolation of people with a mental or physical disability or people in need of care. The emphasis lies not on art therapy, but on what art and professional artists can contribute to the care sector. In the first stage, palliative patients work together with caregivers in artistic and creative workshops. In the second stage, a museum visit may aid in the search for purpose and wellbeing.

During an innovative colloquium on Tuesday 20 June 2017 we connect our operations to other projects and we compare them to national and international initiatives. The goal is to inspire other care and cultural sectors and to underline the healing power of art. Psychiatrist Dirk De Wachter and Barbara Raes (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, KASK) speak from the care and art sector respectively. Werner Trio will moderate the panel. In the afternoon, you can participate to workshops and lectures in the Royal Museums, which could be an inspiration as to how one can connect art and care in practice.

You can find the entire day programme on the Dutch version of this page. Do you wish to share the event on social media? Don’t forget to use the official hashtag #HelendeKunst!

Many thanks to our supporting partners: Forum Palliatieve Zorg, Topaz, Matchbox, the Royal Library (KBR) and Brel and also to our sponsors: the Flemish Community Commission -Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie -VGC) and the Flemish Community.


The main language spoken during the entire day will be Dutch.

For more information on the programme, the speakers and the workshops, please go to the Dutch version of this page.