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Creative Legacies: Heritage & Mental Health Conference

29th June 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

£3 – £6

Creative Legacies: Heritage & Mental Health Conference
Saturday 29th June 1pm-6pm @ Blackfriars Hall
0191 209 4058 jo@chillistudios.co.uk
Tickets £6 concession £3

“How can we create a legacy of equality, empathy and empowerment for mental health in the North East?”

Speakers from across sectors from the arts, health care, museums & emergency services will be discussing, exploring and challenging the role of heritage collections, peer-led initiatives and representation of people with mental health conditions. The event will be full of discussion and talks exploring and unveiling issues and opportunities to improve experiences and services for those directly or indirectly facing mental ill health in a challenging political climate.

The conference is open to the public from those working in the arts, heritage and mental health to carers, people with lived experience of mental health conditions or just anyone who is interested in learning more about the work at Chilli Studios and the themes of the event. It will be an opportunity to explore and discuss Mental Health in a time of political uncertainty and public opportunities in the field.

Conference places: booking is essential. Free buffet and refreshments will be provided for all attendees.

This conference is being made possible through funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by the Charity Chilli Studios. Visit website, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for updates.

Ivor Crowther, Head of The National Lottery Heritage Fund North East, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re delighted to support this project which will ensure mental health, and the experiences of those who have been affected, becomes part of the story of our region’s heritage. From sharing their own stories to using art to explore this underrepresented part of history, people of all ages are set to take part in the Head & Tales project.”



About the wider Heads & Tales Project

Heads & Tales is a 2-year project to create a new heritage archive for the North East exploring, rebalancing and celebrating the voice of adults experiencing mental health conditions.

This project will be shaped and led by participants, volunteers and staff who are directly and indirectly affected by mental health issues. The project will expand to reach a wider population through public engagement, audience and participation strands across the North East.

Looking back through time from the late 1800s on, we will gather together and respond to current Archives in Museums, Health & Arts sectors. As well as this reflective work, we aim to also create substantial new archives with the starting point of the Declaration of Human rights in 1948 up to the present day.

Through Artistic means, we aim to capture and create new material for the archives that show a more diverse perspective and understanding of the contemporary Mental Health Sphere. We hope to raise equality in archival material of an underrepresented group by creating new narratives on people’s memories and experiences for future archives and generations.



29th June 2019
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£3 – £6
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