Art + Wellbeing

Catch up on our Art + Wellbeing Free Exchange discussion, with artist Filippos Tsitsopoulos and London Arts in Health Forum Director, Damian Hebron, discussing the growing interest in how the arts can improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities, and how and why artists use their own mental health as a conduit in their practice.

Damian Hebron has worked in the field of arts, health and wellbeing for fifteen years. He runs a successful hospital arts programme and established and developed the London Arts in Health Forum, where he is currently Director. Damian will reflect on the historic relationship between arts, health and wellbeing, questioning whether the current interest is a fad or something more deeply rooted in human nature; exploring the connections between wellbeing and art, and how this relationship can be developed both as an artistic response and as a social healer.

Filippos Tsitsopoulos is a multidisciplinary artist who has been exploring the limits of theatre and painting since 1990, with installations and theatrical performances at Tate Modern, The Serpentine Gallery, FACT Liverpool, Alte Nationalgalerie (Berlin), and others. Earlier this year, his new project “Is Art Lonely?” was exhibited in Ostend, Belgium.

This event was part of our Outdoor Institute of Art, an alternative art school conceived by Yasmin Canvin, with a curriculum consisting of discussions, skills and knowledge sharing events between artists, experts in relevant fields, the arts sector and members of the public.