Research Day

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On Thursday, May 4th 2023, the research team will organize the research seminar: Resilient Artists: how can we support the mental resilience of young performing artists? at the Bourlaschouwburg in Antwerp.


Practical information:

· Date: Thursday, May 4th 2023, from 9 am until 12u30 pm, followed by a networklunch.

· Location: Bourlaschouwburg (Komedieplaats 18, 2000, Antwerpen)

· Contributions from guest speakers including Christa Criel (The Performing Arts Social Fund) and Ann De Somere (Opera Ballet Vlaanderen)


More detailed information about the seminar program will be shared in the following weeks.


We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday, May 4th!


The Resilient Artists Team

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Performing artists are often faced with significant psychological, physical and socio-artistic challenges throughout their studies and careers which can lead to a number of psychological and health issues. The Royal Antwerp Conservatoire (Antwerp University College) is worried about the mental wellbeing of performing artists and is sounding the alarm bell. Increasing the mental resilience of performing artists is deemed essential for preventing mental health issues.


Therefore, the goal of this research project was to perform an in-depth investigation of the various mental health challenges performing artists face. The results of this investigation were subsequently used to develop a multidisciplinary (drawing on Psychology, the Arts, Medicine and Health Sciences) prevention program aimed at preventing mental health issues among performing artists.

Research Project

Press Coverage: Resilient Artists on VRT NWS

The research results were used for the development of a multidisciplinary prevention program aimed at improving the mental resilience of performing artists.


Coping skills of individual performing artists as well as good practices from Psychology, the Arts the and Health Sciences were utilized in order to shape the prevention program.




During their educations as well their subsequent careers, performing artists are confronted with a plethora of physical, psychological and socio-artistic challenges.


Using qualitative methods such as depth-interviews, focusgroups and systematic observation, this project will investigate the mental health effects of said challenges on performing artists. Specific subquestions will investigate topics such as psychological strain, mental resilience, coping skills and good mental health practices. Importantly, this methodology is used to gauge the subjective experiences of performing artists regarding these challenges.



Challenges for

Performing Artists

Resilient Artists


A prevention program for the challenges of artistic practice



An initiative of the Department of Applied Psychology and the Royal Conservatoire of the Antwerp University College (AP Hogeschool)

Prevention Program

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Partner Organisations

Elisah D'Hooge

Annouk Van Moorsel

Hanne Claessens

Magda Thielemans

Tessa Weyns

Bart Michiels

Research Team

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