Friday, 27 January 2012

A Major Mental Health and the Arts Event in Walsall on February 29th 2012

Walsall SUE & Windows with a Difference - a new mental health arts network in the Black Country - present

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A Sharing day on the theme of Art and Health

With a unique performance by Artist Bobby Baker titled Mad Gyms and Kitchens

How do artists work with authentic material and lived experience, and transform these into artwork for the public arena.

Artists speaking at this event work in live art, theatre, and the visual arts.

When? Wednesday 29 February

2pm Artist Talks Bobby Baker, Mark Storor, Sean Burn

5pm Performance by Bobby Baker

Where? The New Art Gallery Walsall

Admission £5.00 both event s and coffee , £2.50 performance only

Program commences 2pm

More- Bobby Baker talks about Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and me, her book that won Mind Book of the Year in 2011.

Bobby began her diary drawings in 1997 when she became a patient at a day centre. Originally private, they gradually became a way for her to communicate complex thoughts and emotions that are difficult to articulate to her family, friends and professionals. The drawings chart the ups and downs of her recovery, family life, work as an artist, breast cancer and just how funny all this harrowing stuff can be. Observer Interview with Bobby Baker by Kate Kellaway

Mark Storor is an award winning artist working in the space between live art and theatre. His work is devised, often site specific and always collaborative. The Guardian said “he doesn't so much rehearse theatre in a traditional manner as create an alchemical process in which images, rituals and the personal experiences of patients are thrown together in the mixing bowl of the rehearsal room.” Mark Storor's For the Best: a feeling for death Guardian Lyn Gardner

Sean Burn's presentations become performance. Witness Sean’s reclamation of the language of lunacy featuring a "nutcase", marbles and several walnuts, as he describes his project in 2010 at The New Art Gallery Walsall, and meeting Mental Health groups.

The event will be chaired by Kate Broom Course Director, MA Art, Health and Well-being, Birmingham City University.

All the above artists are familiar with each others practice, so will make the afternoon entertaining, generating with ease questions about practice, which promises to be highly informative, and inclusive.

Performance Event starts 5pm

Mad Gyms & Kitchens by Bobby Baker

A Daily Life Ltd production Wend your way to wellness!

You leave feeling better than you came in, aware as you walk down the road whistling that what Baker is offering is not a show but a priceless gift wrapped in a theatrical box of tricks.

**** Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Prepare to be surprised and delighted, moved and enlightened as Bobby Baker demonstrates how she achieves that ultimate ‘wellbeing’ factor. From working-out to chilling out, via the kitchen sink, Bobby’s wellness roadshow investigates how to get better at feeling better - cup of tea included.

Bobby has developed this brand new show out of her own experiences of illness and hard-won recovery. Designed in collaboration with sculptor Charlie Whittuck, an extraordinary set of fantastical ‘recovery’ apparatus promises surprises galore as well as state-of-the-art technical equipment, all developed with wellbeing in mind.

Follow Bobby’s expert example and join her on the road to wellness - and beyond.

Please pay on the door

Limited free spaces service users

For more information

Contact Alan McLean



Text/Mobile 07757 254852

If you request BSL interpretation please contact by March 10

Funded by Arts Council England

Thank you Walsall Council Creative Development Team, Walsall SUE and The New Art Gallery Walsall

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