A friend of mine, public artist Hannah Hull, is hosting a seminar on the relationship between art and mental health. She’s looking to find people with stories and experience to speak at the event. Below is what she has to say:

ART vs. REHAB: A seminar to explore and provoke new relationships between art and mental health

Monday 25 October 2010 / 6pm – 9pm / Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London

The purpose of the evening is to discuss potential futures for rehabilitative arts projects. Professionals from this wide-ranging field are invited to propose and present topics for discussion at this event. This could be an ideology, a provocation or a progressive model for rehabilitive arts practice.

The audience will be diverse: from social care to curating, and politics to therapy. It is hoped that speakers will focus on the artistic and social theories that surround this subject, and how these might be aligned with practice.

These presentations should last around 20 minutes, with 20 minutes for audience discussion. Short proposals (less than 250 words) should be emailed to Hannah Hull at mail@hannahhull.co.uk BY FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2010.

The event will be documented and contribute to ongoing collaborative research in this area, led by Hannah Hull, which has so far included a wide range of academics, artists, and vulnerable adults from organisations such as The Open Book Project, Crisis Skylight, P.A.T.H., Cardboard Citizens, Escape Artists and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Speakers will be paid for their time.

Further info:

Hannah Hull – www.hannahhull.co.uk
Hannah Hull is a public artist and consultant, currently based in London. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths. Her research has focused around using a conceptual art model when working with adults and young adults with backgrounds in mental health, homelessness, addiction and the criminal justice system. Examples of this practice-based research can be found on her website:

Reframed: http://hannahhull.co.uk/page14.htm
Open Gallery: http://hannahhull.co.uk/page15.htm

The Centre for Creative Collaboration – www.creativecollaboration.org.uk
The Centre for Creative Collaboration is an initiative of the University of London working in collaboration with the Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths University of London and Royal Holloway University of London. The Centre supports new types of collaboration using the principles of open innovation. This is a groundbreaking project for London delivering collaborative projects and multi disciplinary working in an attractive and flexible space.

LCACE – www.lcace.org.uk
This event is part of the LCACE Inside Out Festival 2010. London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange is a university initiative promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise with the capital’s arts and cultural sectors. The nine institutions involved are: University of the Arts London; Birkbeck, University of London; City University; the Courtauld Institute of Art; Goldsmiths, University of London; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; King’s College London; Queen Mary, University of London; and Royal Holloway, University of London.