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Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Chinese artist Lu Yang, as part of a collaboration with Birmingham based curator Rachel Marsden. The interview went on to form part of the publication for a Lu Yang solo-exhibition titled ANTI-HUMANISM curated by Jakob Kudsk Steensen, which took place in Copenhagen in January. Read More →

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The Group Therapy exhibition closes on Sunday, but you will still be able to snap up a copy of the Group Therapy book from Amazon or the Liverpool University Press Website. Recommended highlights include the vacuum cleaner’s hilarious and thought provoking essay about gaining access to his medical records Read More →

The Felt Sense Project

The Felt Sense Project is a PhD related study by Claudia Nunez-Pacheco, design researcher at University of Sydney. It blends a fascinating mix of psychotherapeutic theory and design practice, to test more empathetic methods of evaluating the user’s experience of design objects. Read More →

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I’m pretty delighted to have received these great new shots from Stephen King Photography that were taken during the Group Therapy exhibition opening weekend. They really help to show off Benjamin Koslowski’s fantastic exhibition design and highlight how much we have mixed different forms and styles of content; artworks, apps, artist research and archival artifacts. Read More →

Practice sharing workshop

Recently I was invited by James Wilkes to attend a practice sharing workshop as part of Hubbub, a research project based at the Hub at Wellcome Collection. It was addressed to practioners who share an interest in collaborating with people from, or making work that interacts with, fields and disciplines beyond arts (including but not limited to neuroscience, psychology, mental health practice, environmental science etc.) Read More →

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After a long week of hard work the Group Therapy exhibition that I have curated for FACT is open. Massive thanks to all of the artists and the team. I’ve pages of reflections that I want to write… but first I need a really long sleep… Here are some lovely pics of the opening weekend. Read More →

The Visual Matrix post

I would like to invite you to be part of an innovative evaluation of the Group Therapy exhibition at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). This session will seek to capture the complex emotions created by an exhibition about mental health using The Visual Matrix, a new technique in arts evaluation. Afterwards participants will have the opportunity to meet Lynn Froggett, the psychosocial researcher who created the matrix. This session would suit anyone with an interest in arts and health Read More →

Mark Brown @ Dragon Cafe

I’ve been having a great time running a series of events at The Dragon Cafe in South London this month. There is a special atmosphere at this mental health cafe; one of fun and acceptance. There are a lot of recent and current mental health service users who visit the space, but somehow that doesn’t define it. Everyone is just there for a good laugh and some good conversation. Read More →

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Those of you who have known me for a few years, will remember when I started a blog on the wonderful AN Artists Talking website, documenting my research into the relationship between art, technology and mental health. Occasionally in my posts I would coyly conjecture that I might one day approach a gallery such as FACT with a proposal for an exhibition on a similar theme. Read More →

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I’ve arrived safe and well in Sydney! Currently wandering around the city with my laptop burdened by jetlag, trying to prepare for this symposium that I am contributing to in a couple of weeks. For those of you who don’t know, I’m here to start my PhD at University of New South Wales with supervisor Lizzie Muller. My subject is one that I’ve been nurturing for a while now: links between art, technology and mental wellbeing. Here is a summary of my starting point… Read More →