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

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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 such as Guys and St Thomas Charity, Black Culture Archives, Health Foundry and Arts and Minds in Cambridge are already confirmed as partners and speakers.

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

2-2.10 Introduction and aims of event – Patrick Vernon, Black Thrive

2.10-2.15 Introduction to Health Foundry - Sinead Macmanus, Health Foundry

2.15-2.45 Setting the scene locally and nationally


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

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

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

  • Sarah Josefberg and Ana-Maria Amato (SHARP Brixton) Experience of running arts programmes for severe mental health issues in the BME community in Lambeth

  • Alchemy Project TBC Dance and physical exercise around arts and wellbeing

Graphic Facilitation by Penelope Mendonca

2.45-3pm Panel discussion

3-3.10 Poet Zena Edwards

3.10-3.50pm Group discussion

Questions for discussion:

- 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 / schemes could be used and why - physical outcome (e.g. mural or film) vs community festival or 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?

3.50-4pm Wrap up and next steps

4pm Coffee and networking


Full agenda to be released shortly

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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