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 explore how art and cultural participation contribute to the 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.

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Exploring the culture potential for well-being through pilot actions

Contribution to documenting the impact of culture on health and well-being

Contribution to documenting the impact of culture on health and well-being

Increasing the role of the Center as a pole of expertise for culture and well-being

Initiating proposals for public policies and/or measures to help increase access to culture in order to improve citizens’ quality of life and health

Activity calendar

Artistic program - artistic residencies, co-productions, public presentation | Art & Well-being
Pilot project: Art and Well-being space at Onisifor Ghibu High School Cluj-Napoca | Art & Well-being, Learning Qub
Pilot project: Cultural voucher program for well-being | Art & Well-being, Academy of Change
Research: Impact studies, pilot projects and artistic program; research promotion | Art & Well-being
Transfer: intervention guides and scaling/replication and public policies proposals based on pilot projects - art and well-being spaces, cultural prescriptions, working groups
Art & Well-being publication | Art & Well-being
Art & Well-being Forum | Art & Well-being
Think Tank, Culture and Well-being Network consolidation
Teacher training and counseling to increase physical and emotional well-being | Learning Qub, CSN- Art’n’ Play
Arts & Health Collective Pilot Project | World Health Organization


2020 2019 2018


Pilot project to co-create an art and well-being space in school.

We set out to test a collaborative process for creating an art and well-being space in schools. The pilot intervention takes place at the Onisifor Ghibu High School in Cluj-Napoca.


Pilot burnout cultural prescriptions program carried out in partnership with Create.Act.Enjoy.

We organized a pilot version of cultural prescriptions, in the form of creative workshops for people with burnout symptoms. The workshops helped reduce anxiety, cultivate self-esteem and resilience


Research: Cultural consumption and its impact on the physical, emotional and mental well-being in the pandemic context.

The research aimed to investigate the ways in which people relate to art and creativity in the specific context of the Covid-19 pandemic.


International call for art projects that explore the relationship between art and well-being.

Over 170 project ideas were proposed by artists from 19 countries at the Art & Well-being open call. The selected art works will be hosted and produced by the Cluj Cultural Center, BOZAR (Belgium) and UGM (Slovenia).


Better Cities - an event that encouraged conversations between artists, scientists and urban planners, within the Art and Well-being Think Tank.

A new meeting of the Think-Tank took place in Cluj, with the participation of 40 specialists in the field of Psychology, urban design, researchers in the field of public health, artists, cultural workers, doctors.


Expanding activities at European level through the Art & Well-being project, funded by the Creative Europe program and carried out in partnership with three other institutions: Bozar (BE), UGM Maribor Art Gallery (SL) and Bruno Kessler Foundation (IT).

The Art & Well-being project explores the arts’ potential to enhance individual and community well-being, our goal being to develop new processes, activities and networks to support cultural institutions, in partnership with other stakeholders, such as municipalities, care centers and urban planners in Europe.


We started the Unspeakable pilot project, a music composition workshop for teenagers, in partnership with the Notes&Ties Association.

For several months, together with artist Daniel Patrick Cohen, we carried out the musical composition workshop for teenagers, attended by 10 young people with and without musical knowledge who, starting from understanding their own emotions, created original musical compositions that were performed by professional artists at the end of the program.


The first interdisciplinary Think Tank brings together national and international experts.

The Think Tank is designed to debate and research, in the coming years, the potential cultural approaches to the theme of physical and psychological well-being in the cities.


The first edition of the Art and Well-being Forum organized in Cluj-Napoca.

The forum proposed a series of presentations and debates on how art and culture can contribute to the quality of urban spaces, the cohesion and quality of community relationships and the physical, emotional and mental well-being of the citizens. The event was addressed to specialists from the public and academic sector, but also to those interested in the proposed topic.


The first artistic residency in the County Emergency Clinical Hospital Cluj - in which the artists transformed the hospital space, creating an atmosphere that would improve the patients’ and doctors’ well-being.

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