ARTS IN MIND: Arts in Mind was a week-long festival (June 4-10, 2018) celebrating innovative collaborations between researchers at the IoPPN, and the creative and cultural sector. It showcased work that explores new ways to improve wellbeing and facilitate a better understanding of mental health, the brain and the mind. The creative producer was Ruth Garde, who previously worked at the Wellcome Trust for 16 years.
#MAGICCARPET in ARTS IN MIND: Kai's 1.5 year Arts Council England funded Unlimited commission, #MagicCarpet, took part in the Arts in Mind Festival in 4 ways: 1) 3-week long exhibition of the tapestry art (2.9mX1.45m) on bespoke 'invisible loom' designed by the women-run Studio LW Furniture, at the IoPPN. 2) 'Speed-dating' South London Gallery. Members of the public 'speed-dated' experts in the arts and mind: Professor of Psychiatry and adult ADHD expert Philip Asherson (Social, Genetic and developmental Psychiatry Centre SGDP); arts: Dr Cecilia Wee (Artsadmin); live art: Dr Daniel Oliver (Queen Mary University of London), ADHD: Consultant Dr Ulrich Müller and UKAAN Committee Member Jane Sedgwick, and visual art: Dr Kai Syng Tan (SGDP). We were joined by young people aged 14-21, as the evening is part of the SLG’s youth forum, the Art Assassins who are currently working on their year-long project The Peckham Experiment: A Centre for Self-organisation. 3) A new short film made by #MagicCarpet’s Michael Larsson (Sweden), Philip Tan (Singapore) and Kai was also launched that evening. 4) Badge-making workshop for 8 year-old school children from the local Lyndhurst Primary School.
COVERAGE: 1) The South London Gallery event was reviewed in Arts in Mind in The Psychologist (The British Psychological Society), 31, pp.68–69, by participant Sushank Chibber, in an article by Dr Sally Marlow, Public Engagement Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London. Read online 2) Apart from The Psychologist, #MagicCArpet's involvement in Arts in Mind was also covered on South London press. See Smith, H., 2018. Arts In Mind Festival – I don’t mind if you don’t mind, do you mind..? – South London News. South London Press and Mercury. [online] 4 Jun . 3) Kai was also interviewed on Resonance FM. See also Clear Spot: Arts In Mind, 2018. Mixcloud. 4 Jun. and Four Communications, 2018. Arts in Mind.
' I have found my family.'
'Many thanks for taking part in our festival. Your carpet is magic.'
'Thank you so much for the great workshop yesterday. Kai was so charismatic and engaging, the children loved her. Don't forget us next year!'
'So good to have had intergenerational conversations. Informative + surprising. It was a mind opening experience'
'Very fun & engaging! Talking with strangers is nice:)'
'Helped me talk to others, I am normally an introvert who watches'.
Professor Philip Asherson has this to say about the South London Gallery event: 'It was great talking to the young people. They really treasured their art. I met a young man doing photography GCSE - street pics of Peckham. He seemed really ambitious and working hard. It was great fun to talk to him’.
Sushank Chibber has this to say: 'Your event was so innovative and really brought art and science together, two disciplines that are so far-fetched from each other. I learned more about the mind, ADHD and how important art is in navigating various outlets and that was more valuable to me in terms of what I would have learned in a classroom setting. The connection between art and science is so essential, and you were able to impact and educate individuals so effectively and bring awareness at the same time. Your event was exceptional as it encouraged everyone to step outside of their comfort zone and try to understand their own inhibitions in terms of ADHD and of other people as well. [...] your event was able to break [...] barriers and provide a ‘family’ as well as imparting useful skills in return. Art in that case served as a process to educate me and to connect me with people that are just like me, something that I am extremely grateful to you for. Thank you and I look forward to your next event.'