mental health – dis/ability

HEALTH as A SPECTRUM

We all have physical health, some people are healthier than others. In the same way we all have mental health, some people are healthier than others. We are all different and this is very individual in both cases.

TOOLKIT

Currently whatsthebigmistry is researching and partnering on a mental health Toolkit. More details on the way .WATCH THIS SPACE

RESPECTFUL & SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

>This is a Manifesto of sorts. It’s a dynamic working document/statement that will evolve and change over time. Outlining work practices with sincere, sustainable and radical practices at the centre.

I literally work to apply, prioritise the following across Artistic Practice, Socially Engagement, Creative Producing, Mentoring and Consultation. It’s evolving, I keep learning, responding, reviewing, try to do better.PLAN-PLAY THE LONG GAME, be ambitious,ready to be dynamic in short term, change your mind. If it scares & excites it’s worth doing.

> DON’T work to status quo, censor, make artist jump hoops, if you believe in them, invite and facilitate invitation.

> DO-check your assumptions, respect intelligence & complexity of publics and creatives. DO real outreach, offer ‘self describe option’ in monitoring.Track demographics spaces/bookings and respond dynamically

> DO LESS but do more with what you do.Quality, attention to detail & not quantity/profit/box ticking.

> PRIORITISE REPRESENTATION and EQUALITY in staffing, engagement, access to activities, public facing materials online/print/visual/word/sound/other languages across ALL areas-not just ‘target projects’

> Foster sincere meaningful relationships with interesting voices wherever you find them.

> BE TRANSPARENT about money, time, schedules, work to living and best practice not embarrassing standards you wouldn’t want to share.

> VALUE fringe, marginalised and niche not just ‘majority’.

> SHARE Knowledge, actively listen, ask questions.There is no ‘wrong answer’.

> OFFER INVITATIONS and a CHOICE of modes, forms to make, engage so people can ‘get need from the space or process’.Explore solo, group, 1-2-1, utilise each other as resource.

> ENABLE AUTHORSHIP to shape content, set agenda, owning choices, spaces, interactions

> TREAT PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY -Capacity and Capability is not the same thing, adapt and respond to needs.

> SHAPE CONTENT to who those in room

> FACILITATE shared space, exchange, exploration, co-operative practices

> STIMULATE to take risk, experiment, think outside the box, oppose to working to a strict brief

>TOGETHER set boundaries, agreements, expectations and plan reviews in the process,not at the end only

>RESPECT that we are all our own experts through learnt and lived experiences

 

Some Resources:

  • ARTICLES

The Psychologist A Bumpy but Engaging Ride

The Stage, The Fringe can be a Lonely Place Lyn Gardner

  • DISCUSSION

Feel Good Facts & Home Truths 2017 P1

Feel Good Facts & Home Truths 2017 P2

  • POLICY

MAYK Mental Health Policy

Short Film by Scope :The Social Model of Disability

Shape Arts: Developing Your Career

 

In the Hold of the Body LCB Lightbox Gallery April 13th

2018

Love, Lament & Psycho Girlfriend/ Psycho Girlfriend’s GIG

2018

Destress Fest – Making Invisible Visible: 19th March 4-6PM

2018

TROPICAL AWKWARD BASTARD

2018

Intimate Conversations with Furniture

2018

Breaking Bread

2018

Artist is Absent

2018

Sunday Assemblage Lunch – Meet The Artist with Rebecca Davies

2018

The Musical Mental Health Cabaret

2016

Shapeshifting Expressing Depression

2015-16

A-Z of Mark Making

2017

Power Pants

2016

Rethinking Identity

2017

Invisible Things Series: Action, Discovery & The Intimate

2016

This Way Up

2017

Diorama, Handling Collections & Display

2017

Sculpture and Architectural Forms

2017

Imagined Masquerade and Monsters

2017

Invisible Things Series: Drop In

2016