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Artists and mental health: a conversation that needs to get louder

When artist and writer Alistair Gentry first shared his experiences of depression earlier this year it resulted in a flood of private feedback and led a-n to commission a series on artists and mental health for our Resources section. Drawing on the conversations he’s had with artists and arts workers, he argues for more openness about mental illness and wellness in the arts.

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Artists and mental health: depression is neither romantic nor inevitable

Do the pressures of being an artist, with the precariousness of funding, the demands of unrealistic deadlines and the need to be seen to succeed and deliver consistently, make talking about depression and mental health tantamount to career suicide? Artist and writer Alistair Gentry, who has suffered with depression since a teenager, thinks the answer is ‘Yes’ – but that the issue is too important to keep quiet about.

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Emotional learning

Iniva and A Space have produced a new set of Emotional Learning Cards, following the success of the first set ‘What do you feel?’.

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Healing words

At the beginning of March this year, the Arts Council of Wales hosted ‘Arts in Health and Well-being’, a conference about prevention, intervention and creative action in healthcare.

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Art in the public realm

Exploring the roles and reasons of selected organisations dedicated to widening access to the visual arts through commissioning temporary and permanent interventions in non-gallery spaces in the first of a two-part feature.

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Mind mirrored

The Artworks for Mental Health exhibition – opening 31 October at the RCA, London – offers a complex view of art within mental health. Our subjective mental lives are generally understood to reflect the overall workings of the brain, but […]

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Commissions news

The scope and applications of art in the public realm continues to grow, with public commissions provided by private developers as well through community-based public programmes. In this month’s round-up, we highlight projects in Bristol, Manchester, Norwich and Blackburn.

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