Sunday, 6 October 2019

About Face & Figuring Out Mental Health

Framing the face: history, emotion, transplantation
● How do you feel about your face?
● Who would you be, without it?
● Would you donate your face, or that of your loved one?
● If not, why not?
Join us for a discussion of the social, cultural, emotional and medical meanings and associations of faces, facial transplants, and identity, followed by a drinks-reception at the launch of AboutFace, a new interdisciplinary project funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship based in History at the University of York.

Cultural historian Fay Bound Alberti will be joined Manchester’s leading portrait artists Lucy Burscough and a panel of experts.
 This is an event I really wish I was taking part in. Click HERE to register.

Then - another event in Manchester that is so dear to my heart.

Figure Out what mental wellbeing means to you at the People’s History Museum. 
Visitors will be able to ‘figure out’ what mental wellbeing means to them when the People’s History Museum hosts an exhibition of artwork by service users from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH). 
Service users and staff from the Trust’s Recovery Pathways service will be launching the exhibition on October 8 during Mental Health Week 2019 to showcase the work of the creative wellbeing service, which offers sessions across the city for a wide range of people experiencing difficulties with their mental health. Recovery Pathways Lead, Charlotte Brown, said: “We’re delighted the People’s History Museum has agreed to host the ‘Let’s Figure it Out’ exhibition.

“During the week a variety of artwork will be on display from painting and photography to ceramics and textiles. 
Our service harnesses the power of creative activity to help people maintain or improve their mental wellbeing. Sometimes being in a group with others is enough to start building resilience and our service can be a vital step to adjust after a stay in hospital or a period of enduring mental ill health. We think everyone can benefit their mental wellbeing by taking part in creative activities, that’s why we’re offering creative sessions for people to try throughout the week. They are completely free and there’s no need to book – just drop in and try one of our activities for yourself.”

The exhibition will run from Tuesday October 8th to Friday October 11th with public taster sessions running throughout the week. Click HERE for details and HERE to read an article by one of the artists, Peter Broome in Big Issue.

I put this appalling picture at the foot of the blog as I can't abide their presence at the top of the page. One had just found out that his actions were unlawful by the highest court in the land, the other that attempts were being made to impeach him.
Models of behaviour.

Words fail me.

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