24 November 2016 10:00 - 16:00 - Wales Millennium Centre / 24 Tachwedd 2016 10:00 - 16:00 Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru
Hynt are partnering with Disability Arts Cymru to host a symposium at the Walls:Muriau Mental Health Arts Festival in Cardiff. This event will bring together theatres, arts centres, performers, producers, companies and other creative professionals working across the performing arts to discuss barriers to access and diversity.
We will be focusing on issues facing audiences and performers with mental ill health. Specifically we will be looking at:
How we can reduce stigma and challenge perceptions around mental health
Audience Development: what we can do to increase access to and involvement in the arts for those experiencing and living with mental ill health
Artists: what we can do to support emerging and established artists living with mental illness
This symposium develops the work of Hynt and Disability Arts Cymru in creating and promoting good practice around accessible performances and increasing the diversity of our organisations, audiences and on our stages.
Professor Mike Kerr, National Centre of Mental Health will be talking about the crossovers between Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. He will also talk about what we mean by Mental Health and removing stigma.
Karin Diamond, Re-Live will be talking about audience development from a touring theatre company’s perspective in connection with the work on Dementia and PTSD.
Catriona James, independent dance artist will be talking about Mental Health from the artist’s perspective including working practices and creating work about Mental Health
Mark Smith, founder of Making Minds and co-founder of Welsh mental health arts festival will be talking about the positive impact the arts can have on mental health. Mark is a mental health campaigner living with bipolar disorder type ii.
Viv Gordon, Mean Feet Dance
Strinda Davies, Arts Development UK
Dr Rhys Bevan-Jones, Clinical Research Fellow at Cardiff University
Who is it for?
As we aim to get Audience Development action points this would be an ideal event marketeers. Anyone working in the arts would benefit from the networking opportunities and discussions around reducing stigma and removing barriers to audiences and professionals experiencing mental ill health.
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