Round Table Invitation 14th April

HEAR is proud to be part of the Strengthening BAME Inclusion in the Arts for Health and Wellbeing project with our partners Race Equality Foundation, Flourishing Lives and others

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Join us for our second roundtable Wednesday 14th April, 2-4pm on:

Decolonising Art for Mental WellbeingDecolonising Art

Britain's imperial history has left us with traumatic legacies which the current pandemic has only served to amplify. As artists, it is important that we acknowledge, reflect on and respond to these legacies in a way which encourages wider society to engage with the issues and construct effective healing paradigms. Art's usefulness lies in its ability to facilitate visceral connections to facts, concepts and ideas; connections that stretch beyond the domain of the intellectual and into the realms of the sensual and emotional.

With this roundtable, we want to explore how and why the arts might be used as a vector for national healing. A vehicle for encouraging health and wellbeing through awareness and understanding. The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed a myriad of deeper issues that require urgent attention. We at Strengthening BAME Inclusion in the Arts for Health & Wellbeing ask what are our responsibilities as artists and as citizens in addressing these?

Join us on Wednesday 14th April 2 - 4pm with our Convenor and Chair Connie Bell of Decolonising The Archive (DTA) to explore these questions. Connie Bell is a Consultant and expert in the field of Decolonial Methodologies and has invited other experts in the field to guide us through these questions. Together, we want to better understand how the potential for equity building, accountability and inclusion inherent in creative practice can equip us to tackle the persistent issues chipping away at our collective mental health.

Supporting people to participate

We recognise it can sometimes be hard to attend events if you're self employed or work part time, if you are a volunteer for a project or are the only person working in a community organisation, so we are offering a limited amount of financial support to ensure many who want to attend are able to. For this event we can offer a £50 bursary to five participants which will be allocated on a first come basis subject to a criteria. Information is provided on booking.

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