Writing and speaking for mental health

Some of us need to learn how to exist with eyes on us. And some of us just have words and art we’ve created, that we love, that help us get on with life, and we might like to have an opportunity to share that – to feel brave, maybe even get some feedback.

Words, music and art are the great connector. Sharing those things helps us. Read about the new writing and speaking group i’m organising, for resilience against anxiety.

How to view art: A therapeutic approach

There’s a distinct pleasure to be found in the arrangements of objects, colours, textures, ideas, and space. This is nothing new – Kettle’s Yard is an iconic example of how arrangements and collections of paraphernalia serve for positive or helpful mental functions.

A few years ago I went to a Mona Hatoum exhibition at the Tate Modern.

I wrote a lot in my notebook. At the time I was in the midst of an acute emotional (not mental illness related, I might add) crisis and was finding solace in nothing, but this exhibition – particularly its sculptural installations – offered me some kind of mental balm…

Fandom – An Engagement Strategy

Sometime around 2011 I became aware of Tavi Gevinson’s teenage blog ‘Rookie’. She spoke about something called ‘fandom’… and it turned out this was a concept I was already exploring in a kind of anthropological way, through making art and writing, but also as an observer of fan cultures.

Learning and Engagement – Activated

What if Learning and Engagement strategies went beyond fun, educational days out and membership clubs, and actually asked us to add to the conservation cause by learning with effect?

Art is a test site and a learning tool. A case for environmental-awareness art.

The intertwining roles of art, research and communication are often behind the intentions for many art residencies and projects. But what puzzles me, is the tiny number of opportunities or requests for arts practitioners to raise public awareness of environmental issues, and to communicate or create conversation about solutions in this area. Instead, I keep…