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Black Thrive and Healthwatch Lambeth invite you to an event to explore the area of arts, health and wellbeing and the potential for the arts to address health inequalities in Lambeth, specifically within the area of BME mental health.

This afternoon event will include lunch, presentations from key national speakers in the areas of arts and health, perspectives from successful Lambeth based arts and wellbeing projects as well as breakout discussion groups and live poetry.

Key local and national contributors to this discussion will be Guys and St Thomas Charity, Black Culture Archives, Health Foundry and Arts and Minds in Cambridge.

Aims of this initial event are:

  • To provide a platform to share and reflect on best practice in arts and wellbeing projects locally and nationally

  • To start a conversation about arts and wellbeing, the links to mental health and potential the arts has to address health inequalities involving the BME community, developing ideas for a programme of arts and wellbeing for Black Thrive / Healthwatch Lambeth

Draft agenda:

Arts impact on Black Mental Health in Lambeth: Starting a Dialogue

Black Thrive, Healthwatch Lambeth and Health Foundry event

1.30 Lunch and registration

2-2.05 Introduction and aims of event – Patrick Vernon (Director, Black Thrive)

2.05-2.10 Introduction to Health Foundry – Sinead Macmanus (General Manager, Health Foundry)

2.10-2.20 Importance of arts and culture in Lambeth - Councillor Sonia Winifred (Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, Lambeth Council)

2.20-3.00 Setting the scene locally and nationally

Presentations (40 mins)

  • Gavin Clayton (Director, Arts and Minds) – National picture of arts, health and wellbeing initiatives and round-up of recent All Party Parliamentary Group report on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (10 mins)

  • Nikki Crane (Head of Arts Strategy, GSTT charity) and Will Nicholson (Community Connector, Health Foundry) – Local picture of arts health and wellbeing projects, existing networks and progress in Lambeth area to date. (10 mins)

  • Munira Mohamed (Programmer, Black Culture Archives) highlighting their work in promoting and archiving black heritage as a potential resource for arts and wellbeing (5 mins)

  • Sarah Josefberg (Business & Service Development Lead, SHARP Brixton) and Ana-Maria Amato (SHARP gallery curator) - Experience of running arts programmes for severe mental health issues in the BME community in Lambeth (5 mins)

  • Carly Annable-Coop (Director and Programme Manager, Alchemy Project) Dance and physical exercise for psychosis (video - 10 mins)

Graphic Facilitation by Penelope Mendonca

3.00-3.15 Panel discussion & Q&A

3.15-3.20 Poet Zena Edwards

3.20-3.25 Update on Lambeth Council cultural bid – Graham Devlin (Independent Advisor)

3.25-3.55 Group discussion

Questions for discussion TBC:

- Which local groups would be best targeted with an arts initiative? At what point in the lifespan and care cycle?

- What kinds of arts approaches could Black Thrive and Healthwatch Lambeth adopt and why? Physical outcomes (e.g. mural or film) vs community event to raise awareness of local projects

- What are the barriers to an arts initiative working successfully to target BME mental health? What could be strategies for overcoming these?


Places for this event are limited and we are expecting to be oversubscribed so please register your place as soon as possible.


Event details:

Monday October 16th 2017


Health Foundry, Canterbury House, 1 Royal Street, SE1 7LL

020 3026 5117

Nearest tube: Waterloo, Lambeth North

Bus stop: St Thomas' Hospital

Health Foundry is situated opposite St Thomas' Hospital, on the ground floor of Canterbury House a short walk down Royal Street.

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