Arts In Mind Festival which runs from June 4-10, is a week-long festival of arts and mental health at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. The festival showcases a number of creative collaborations between artists and world-leading psychiatrists, psychologists and neuroscientists.
Together they demonstrate how the arts and creativity can provide new ways to understand the mind, open up dialogue around mental health and improve well-being.
The majority of events are free to attend and it’s all taking place in Denmark Hill, SE5.
- Maternal Journal – June 4-10 – is an exhibition of intimate art produced by pregnant women and new mothers with a history of mild to moderate mental health problems.
The exhibition reveals diary keeping as an expressive, creative, and therapeutic practice. Creative workshops run alongside this collaboration between artist and King’s College Hospital midwife Laura Godfrey-Isaacs and Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the IoPPN.
- Urban Mind – June 5 – is a presentation about this innovative smartphone app developed in a research project with arts foundation Nomad Projects, landscape architects J&L Gibbons and Dr Andrea Mechelli, a neuroscientist at the IoPPN.
The app encourages users to record and reflect on how their mental state is affected by their experience of city living.
This event will reflect on wider questions around urban planning, social policy around design and health as well as historical and cultural perspectives on the city and the mind. The event is free, but booking is essential.
- Talking Heads by Mel Brimfield – June 4 to August 31 – explores the phenomena of hearing voices and hallucination through drawings and a series of monologue-based binaural sound works performed by David Cann.
“A collaboration between the artist, Professor Sukhwinder Shergill, the IoPPN Department of Psychosis, the project involved first hand consultation with people living with psychosis and those who work to understand and support them at National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital.
- I Run and Run, Let Out An Earth-Shattering Roar and Turn Into A Giant Octopussy by King’s Artist Kai Syng Tan – June 4-24 is a fantastical #MagicCarpet tapestry which explores the links between the creative process and (ADHD).
Venue: King’s College London’s
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience,
16 De Crespigny Park, Camberwell,