Here is a small selection of feedback for #MagicCarpet so far. For feedback for specific shows please click on the respective show under 'LATEST NEWS + GIGS'.
‘The artists of Headway East London always benefit from collaborating with other artists and professionals. It gives them the opportunity to tell their story and share ideas. They in particular love the opportunity of showcasing their talents and nothing better than engaging in a workshop in which to do this. […] [W]e feel that it will be great platform for the artists to share their thoughts about mind wandering and what that might mean to them in particular since their brain injury.’ — Michelle Carlile, Submit to Love Studio Manager, Headway East London (charity for people affected by brain injury), #MagicCarpet Partner
Hi - I am just coming to terms with the fact that ADHD has been part of my life for 48 years; Im 48 years old and I'd have loved to of attended the Wandering Mind event. If there are other events being planned around ADHD, I'd really like to either attend or help in a practical way - preferably both! Warm regards. — Member of public who got in contact with #MagicCarpet
‘You have certainly come a long way since last year, largely due to your passion, dedication and hard work. I am so pleased that you were at the conference and able to network with so many people within the ADHD spectrum […] Maybe next time we will all be sitting around a magic carpet!’ --Sue Curtis, administrator, UK Adult ADHD Network, #MagicCarpet Partner
‘[Kai] was engaging with a lot of people at the festival and they very much enjoyed the activity. The use of [badges] were very popular with the children!’ -- Alexandra Dawes, Scientific Research Manager, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre and organiser of MRC Festival Preview Festival at SGDP, 16 June 2017)
‘Kai has completed a considerable amount of work within a short space of time and is very exciting to work with. She contributed to both local and national training with health care professionals and researchers. She took part in the UK Adult ADHD Network 2017 conference, leading a session that highlighted the contribution of art, comedy and theatre to understanding of ADHD in adults. She presented her program of research at an event at King's College London that highlighted the interaction and contribution of art to scientific progress. She has developed a rapidly growing website and media presence for her project, and contributed to a European blog site for research on ADHD and related mental health conditions. She led an evening event that brought together scientists, clinicians, psychologist, artists, actors, writers, and individuals representing people who have been diagnosed or treated with ADHD. She has integrated extremely well into our scientific community becoming a key member of our research team, sharing and developing ideas, and making important contributions to the dissemination of science to the public. She attends research meetings and takes part in our research protocols. All these experiences are key to the development of her ideas leading to her tapestry, but also the process that involves physical art (pictures, figures, website), interactive art (talking, meeting, sharing ideas, drawings, interactive installations) and written art (blogs, artistic interpretations, dissemination of ideas).’ — Professor Philip Asherson (Mentor, October 2017)
‘Fantastic to be involved #MagicCarpet @wesatonamat discussing mind wandering & ADHD. Great wandering art&gibbons’. --Professor Helen Chatterjee MBE (guest respondent, Mind Wandering: Worst Enemy or Best Friend?, 24 October 2017)
‘Kai, thank you it was a great evening, a massive well done to you! I chatted to some thought provoked people on the train platform, that is a sign that it went really well!’ -- Dr Laura Malacart (Guest speaker, Mind Wandering: Worst Enemy or Best Friend?, 24 October 2017)
Artist Jacki Cairns states 'Just wanted to say that I think the mat is amazing! You have reflected my thought patterns.'
Dr Sarah Holme, editor of ADDISS newsletter and science communicator, states: ‘I really enjoyed it. Great to get immersed in the discussions about art, mind wandering, neurodiversity, accessibility and the rest, and what a fantastic panel. The place was buzzing.’
Ben Platts Mills, Director at Headway East London, says: ‘Thanks so much for hosting such a positive, intriguing and productive event […]. I think you achieved something very usual - a genuinely diverse and progressive format for people to express their thoughts. Great work. I also really enjoyed your slightly meandering approach to mediation! Somehow both provocative and reassuring at once. [My partner] said it was the best thing she'd ever been to of its type.’
‘Please keep creating awareness!’ --Anusha (Attendee, Mind Wandering: Worst Enemy or Best Friend?, 24 October 2017)
‘I liked the individual presentation, debate in the end of the evening, inspiring creativity.’ -- Anonymous (Attendee, Mind Wandering: Worst Enemy or Best Friend?, 24 October 2017)
‘Artwork was very interesting. Speakers on ADHD + educational psychiatrist were very interesting. I liked the concept of ‘mind-wandering’ - first time I had heard about it.’ — Eliza (Attendee, Mind Wandering: Worst Enemy or Best Friend?, 24 October 2017)
Background image: drawing by Mind Wandering: Worst Enemy or Best Friend? (24 October 2017) participant