Inner Space

Inner Space is an interdisciplinary project exploring the relation between culture and well-being.

Artists, scientists, health and psychology experts work together to raise awareness on the dangers that today threaten our emotional, mental and physical health. We work together to explore and experience how art and cultural participation can contribute to the inner well-being of the city’s inhabitants.

The project develops a Culture and Well-being Think Tank, hosts an annual international forum and pilots design and artistic interventions aimed at individual and community well-being.

We aim that the city of Cluj-Napoca becomes one of the first cities from the region to include psychological well-being among the strategic factors for its sustainable development and an important centre of expertise in art and well-being.

Implemented Activities

  1. The first artistic residence at the Emergency Hospital in Cluj. The artists transformed the emergency unit of the hospital into a place whose atmosphere contributes to the well-being of patients and health professionals. (November, 2018)
  2. The first edition of Culture & Well-being Forum is organized in Cluj-Napoca. (December, 2018)
  3. We launch Unspeakable, a music composition workshop for teenagers. (October, 2019)
  4. Well-being for artists and cultural workers: Individual coaching sessions with Mahir Namur, existential coach, psychological counselor (November, 2019) 
  5. The interdisciplinary Think-Tank is formed, gathering national and international experts around the subject of art & well-being. (December, 2019)
  6. The first pilot project exploring the relationship between arts & well-being from Eastern Europe financed by European Commision (2019-2021)
  7. Organisational well-being sessions organized for the Cluj Cultural Centre’s team (March, 2020)


Upcoming activities

  1. Well-being experimental space dedicated to medical doctors of the Emergency Hospital (December, 2020 – March, 2021)
  2. A program of cultural prescriptions aimed to encourage people with health issues to consume art and explore its benefits on their own physical, mental and emotional well-being (October, 2020)
  3. Art installations in public spaces exploring the relationship between arts and well-being, proposed by international artists (October, 2020)
  4. A research methodology and measuring tools of the effect of arts on physical, mental and emotional well-being (August, 2020)
  5. Creating frameworks for interaction for a city-wide consortium aiming to contribute on the strategy of Cluj-Napoca on the well-being topic (September, 2020)