RISE – Arts & Mental Health Symposium (24 May 2018)

10am- 4.30pm, Thursday 24th May 2018 Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick, TD9 0AE

You are invited to this one day event which starts from the belief that the arts offer an essential opportunity to improve mental health and wellbeing.  The symposium presents current thinking and showcases good practice nationally and locally, with the aim to explore, discuss and shape future approaches for collaborating across boundaries.

This event is aimed at anyone who works in, or has a specific interest, in arts and mental health and well-being – including artists, health professionals, policy makers, and organisations.

The day will be a mix of inspiring and informative presentations, with breakout sessions on key themes*, and musical performances by young people from the Soundcycle music project.

We hope you can join us!

Key note speakers and contributors confirmed:

Kevin Harrison – Director (CEO) Artlink Central  •  Susheila Jamieson, Artist  •  Haylis Smith – Mental Health Strategy & Commissioning Manager, Scottish Borders Council • Allyson McCollam – Associate Director of Public Health  • Siobhan McConnachie – Head of Education, National Galleries of Scotland  •  Mark Timmins, Scott Wright, Grant Pringle – Workplus  •  Sharon Quigley – Artist  •  Clare de Bolle – Chief Officer, Youth Borders   •  Soundcycle  •  Tom Swift – VOMO  •  Arabella Harvey – Roundtable Projects, NHS Lothian  •  Shaureen Lammie – Museums & Galleries, Live Borders   •  Kevin Peden, Artist – Gala Resource Centre  •  Mairi Murphy – Lapidus (Words for Wellbeing)

Breakout Sessions:

1.     Young People’s Emotional Health and Creativity

2.     Art in Health and Social Care Contexts: commissioning artists/artists in residence

3.     Arts & Wellbeing in Communities

4.     Arts for Recovery

To RSVP please contact:  CABN or call Arts & Libraries on 01750 726400

Note – places are limited – so please book asap by 9am, Monday 21 May 2018. This event is Free, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

RISE is being delivered in partnership by CABN, Live Borders and the Joint Health Improvement Team (Scottish Borders Council/NHS Borders). This event takes place to coincide with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival – with events taking place across Scotland from 7 – 27 May 2018.

Images credit:  © Sharon Quigley – designs for Forth Valley Royal Hospital – Children’s Spaces


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