“Where it Hurts” at the conference “Mad Hearts”: The Arts and Mental Health

Mad Hearts” is a two-day conference at Queen Mary University London which explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a reinterpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice.

17-18 May 2019
QMUL Mile End Campus, ArtsTwo
£50 – 2 days / £30 – 1 day
£30 – 2 days concessions / £20 – 1 day concessions

Thematic sessions will range from the importance of narrative and meaning-making in mental health to the pedagogical use of the arts as progressive intervention, and arguments for a radical shift in mental health practice. The programme is enriched by theatre performances on the theme of mental health and an art exhibition. Delegates will have the opportunity to contribute their responses through a ‘long table’ discussion; this will provide the stimulus for the panel discussion with stakeholders and international experts that will round off the conference. We welcome mental health professionals, researchers and any members of the general public interested in the way the arts can contribute to mental health.

Book online: here


Friday 17 May 2019

09.00 – 09.45  Registration and coffee

09.45 – 10.00  Introductions

10.00 – 11.00  In search of meaning: narratives in mental health

Dr David Harper, Reader in Clinical Psychology

Jeremy Weller, Artistic Director of Grassmarket Project theatre company

11.00 – 11.30  Refreshments, art exhibition and poster display

11.30- 12.45   Lucy Hutson, Performance Artist  and Panel discussion

12.45 – 13.45  Break for lunch, art exhibition and poster display

13.45 – 14.45   People’s Palace Projects: Building the Barricades

Paul Heritage, Marcelo Cruz, Eliana Sousa Silva, Maíra Gabriel Anhorn

14.45 – 15.45  London Chamber Orchestra and Music Junction

With mini-concert by staff and children at Music Junction

15.45 – 16.15  Refreshments, art exhibition and poster display

16.15 – 17.30  Parallel sessions:

Theatre performances by BA and MSc students

Long table discussions with audience participation

Saturday 18 May 2019

09.30 – 10.00  Registration and coffee

10.00 – 11.00  Art as a pedagogy for mental health and wellbeing                                   

Prof Bridget Escolme, Professor of Theatre and Performance

Dr Louise Younie, Clinical Senior Lecturer with a panel discussion

11.00 – 11.30  Refreshments, art exhibition and poster display

12.30- 13.00  Ridiculusmus Theatre Company and a mini-performance from The

eradication of schizophrenia in Western Lapland **

13.00 – 14.00  Break for lunch, art exhibition and poster display

14.00 – 15.00  Keynote: Try a Little Tenderness: Artistic Thinking, Clinical Practice 

Dr Anna Harpin, Associate Professor of Theatre

15.00 – 15.30  Refreshments, art exhibition and poster display

15.30 – 17.00  General Panel

17.00 – 17.30  Prize ceremony

** Conference delegates benefit from discounted tickets offer to see Ridiculusmus’s performances at Battersea Arts Centre

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