MINDSCAPES Conference: Day 1


The online conference MINDSCAPES explores the ways in which environments—from our homes to our streets, and our cities to social media—affects our wellbeing and mental health. This two-day conference takes place 22–23 April 2021, and consists of six panel discussions with artists, architects, health practitioners, historians, psychiatrists, urban planners, and writers. Co-organized by SICK! Festival in Manchester and Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam, this conference offers an intersectional approach, grounded in first-hand experiences of issues surrounding access to mental well-being, and the role that has been, or can be, played by the art and health sectors. All events are online, free, and will be BSL Interpreted.

5 – 6 pm (CEST)
Fresh Air, with a focus on urban gardens and the outdoors, with Jini Reddy, travel writer based in London, and Mark Frith, artist from Bristol

6:30 – 7:30 pm (CEST)
Freedom of Movement, on public space and the built environment, with Aidan Moesby, artist and curator based in Bristol; Ruth Fabby, Director at Disability Arts Cymru, Wales; Mike Emmerik, partner at Crimson Historians & Urbanists and director of Independent School for the City in Rotterdam; and Stefan White, Professor at Manchester School of Architecture

8 – 9 pm (CEST)
Institutions of Care in the arts and health sector, with Richard Bennaars, Artistic Manager at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats, Rotterdam; Marieke van Rooy, academic and part of the artist duo Mangano & Van Rooy in Amsterdam; and Wilco Tuinebreijer, chairman of Beautiful Distress, Amsterdam




Supported By

DutchCultureDutch Embassy in the UK

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