Talks and discussions

Tom Shakespeare: Incarnate - to 5 January 2014

‘Tom Shakespeare: Incarnate’ is an exhibition of writer, performer and disability arts campaigner Tom Shakespeare’s Incarnate triptych on display in the Studio at Pallant House Gallery from 3 December 2013 – 5 January 2014. Originally inspired by the Gothic Nightmares exhibition at Tate Britain, the triptych is a conversation between Shakespeare and some of the great works from the Renaissance to the modern era, centring on the theme of human embodiment.

Cabinet of curiosities - 20 January 2014

Actor and performance artist Mat Fraser will present a live evening performance journeying through the history of disability. Using museum objects and their histories through a blend of drama, comedy and cabaret, film and music hall pastiche, the evening aims to prompt us to question and rethink our own, as well as society’s, attitudes towards difference.

On the Inside of Outside Art – 10 December 2013

A panel of artists, curators, clinicians and academics are taking part in a discussion of the issues generated by the concept of “outsider art”. The new ORTUS Learning and Events Centre at South London and the Maudsley will host the discussion as Roger Cardinal, Lisa Blackman, and Dr David O'Flynn consider the issues involved when thinking about so-called, 'marginalised' art practices.

Collaborating Creatively in Research - 6 February 2014

ICAPT is hosting an evening of presentations and discussions by emerging and established researchers in arts psychotherapies and arts in health. The evening, at Camden People’s Theatre, will feature presentations by Professor Peter Fonagy on 'The growing edge of research in mental health' and also The Horizons Project 'The journey so far: mapping interventions in arts psychotherapies', a collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire and CNWL NHS Foundation Trust.

Susan Hiller in conversation - 25 November 2013

As part of a season of talks and events accompanying the exhibition 'Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors', the Freud Museum is hosting a talk with leading artist Susan Hiller. In conversation with psychotherapist and critic Susie Orbach, Susan Hiller will explore her life and work. Susan Hiller  is one of the most influential artists of her generation. Her ground-breaking installations, multi-screen videos and audio works have achieved international recognition and her work frequently addresses themes of individual and collective mental health.

Draw for Health and Happiness 29 October 2013

To mark World Stroke Day, Andrew Marr, Campaign for Drawing Patron, will talk about the importance of drawing in his recovery from a recent stroke. Introducing his new book ‘A Short Book about Drawing’, Marr and leading neurologist Professor Paul M. Matthews will explore the links between drawing, painting and wellbeing. Marr considers the mechanics of drawing – the act of making and its importance for a happy life – alongside the ways in which good drawing or painting can make us think harder and see the world differently.

Public art and cultural wellbeing - 4th November 2013

Public art think-tank ixia has organised a second series of free briefing events on the relationship between the provision of public art and the inclusion of cultural wellbeing within the National Planning Policy Framework. The events will take place in London on Monday 4th November, in Wakefield on Monday 25th November and in Birmingham on Monday 9th December.

New Dynamics of Ageing - 21st October 2013

The New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme and Age UK are staging a showcase of research into active ageing, quality of life, environments, participation and connectivity. The day-long event at the Business Design Centre in Islington, will include speakers, themed sessions and networking events. To reserve a free place, book before Friday 13 September.


Sharing Good Vibrations - 17 – 21 October 2013

Good Vibrations is running a festival of events celebrating ten years of gamelan in the criminal justice system and secure mental health settings and of 25 years of gamelan at Southbank Centre. Sharing Good Vibrations will explore, debate and celebrate the value of the arts in reducing reoffending and in generating wider social benefits. Four days of workshops, presentations, debates and performances will highlight the creative, important and inspiring work done with gamelan - and other art forms - in criminal justice and the community.

Healing Presence of Art - 16 July 2013

Art historian Richard Cork will be giving a lunchtime lecture reflecting on his book ‘The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals’ at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington on Tuesday 16 July. He will trace the huge variety of images found in medical settings, ranging from dramatic confrontations with suffering (Matthias Grunewald at Isenheim) to sublime celebrations of heavenly ecstasy (Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in Venice). The lecture is open to all staff, students, Friends, volunteers, administrators, patients and visitors to the hospital.


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