Feeling a little under the weather and want try an unorthodox (albeit exhilarating) remedy? Get down to one of the many events being put on for London Creativity and Wellbeing Week (until June 22). The annual event aims to support the growing body of evidence that arts and creativity can aid health, through a wide variety of debates, discussions, performances and exhibitions, tours and practical workshops happening all over London. Here are a few things we’re particularly looking forward to…
Workshop at the Wellcome Collection, Tue 18 Jun
Join artist Bobby Baker, Charlotte Meddings from Studio Upstairs and Creative Future’s Simon Powell who will be exploring the increasing evidence of the link between creativity and human well-being. The workshop session from London based initiative, London Arts in Health Forum (LAHF) will include some physical arts and creativity based exercises, culminating in a complimentary guided tour of a brilliant display of Japanese Outsider Art – the Souzou collection (image above). Dale Room, Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Rd, 8pm. Tickets £5/£7.
London’s Community Company: Workshop, Thu 20 Jun
The Old Vic New Voices will host an evening of various theatrical exercises and discussions focusing on the elements of London that make us happy. The free workshop aims to use theatre to tackle contemporary social issues, bringing together a variety of diverse and talented people who are committed to giving back to their community. To attend this free event, no previous theatrical experience is required, merely a passion to engage and have fun with new people, and learn a little more about London’s Community Company. Clapham Community Project 31 – 33 Bromells Road, 20.00pm. Free event, but tickets are required.
CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Midnight Walk, Sat 22 Jun
Voted by us as one of London’s top 10 walks, join the moonlight shufflers at the time of the summer solstice (when the boundaries between the physical and spiritual world are at their thinnest) as they unearth the psycho-geography of the Southwark’s past. Along the free four-hour journey you will cross a Camberwell House, a former asylum, a neo-brutalist housing estate awaiting demolition, and lastly a disused burial ground that was formerly a graveyard for sex workers. Casual. The guides from CoolTan Arts, a charity ran by and for people with mental health issues, will then bring you to the finale at Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill, the largest mental health training facility in the UK and where your refreshments will be served. Starts from Tate Modern Turbine Hall entrance Bankside, 23.45pm. Tickets not required but donations welcomed.
For London Creativity and Wellbeing Week’s full listings creativityandwellbeing.org.uk.