Saturday 13th October: Articipation – A Wellbeing Forum for the Creative Arts and Industries (3.00pm – Late), Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street, Liverpool L1 0BS

This event, brought to you by Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and new to Liverpool Mental Health Festival for 2018, is aimed at musicians, performers, visual artists, craftspeople/makers, arts administrators, promoters and managers.

 

3.00pm – 7.00pm: Wellbeing Forum
The day will include panel and group discussions, short workshops and a plenary. We’ll be looking at the challenges of working in the creative industries, myths about creativity and mental wellbeing, the support that is available, and positive aspects of creative expression – all with the aim of encouraging positive outcomes and solutions.

  • Introduction: Luciana Berger (MP for Liverpool Wavertree. Mental Health Advisor to Liverpool City Region Mayor)
  • Keynote Speaker: Clare Shaw (Poet, Performer, Tutor and Trainer)
  • Panel: Clare Shaw, Fran Codman, Henry Pulp, Mersey Wylie, Nikki Greig (Chair), Peter Harrison, Ruth Gould

Keynote Speaker: Clare Shaw (Poet, Performer, Tutor and Trainer)
Clare Shaw has three poetry collections from Bloodaxe: ‘Straight Ahead’ (2006), ‘Head On’ (2012), and ‘Flood’ (2018). Often addressing political and personal conflict, her poetry is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language. Clare is a Royal Literary Fellow, and a regular tutor for the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation. She is also a mental health trainer, activist and author: her publications include ‘Otis Doesn’t Scratch: Talking to Young Children about Self-Injury’ (2015); and ‘Our Encounters with Self-Harm’ (2013). She is passionate about the meeting ground between poetry and mental wellbeing and is the facilitator of the Poetry School’s international online course, ‘Poetry as Survival’.

‘As a reader you cannot expect an easy time with Clare Shaw. She deals with the big subjects: war and conflict, violence and violation, but also the subtler themes of language as a means of expression, identity and the difficulties of motherhood. She takes us to places we may be reluctant to go but, more importantly, she fixes her gaze on us and demands our attention and our involvement.’ (James Carruth, The North).

Fran Codman (Pale Rider)

Fran Codman is lead guitarist with Liverpool-based space rock band Pale Rider. Born and raised in Liverpool, Fran has found himself at the forefront of the new music community. In little over a year, Fran has played across Liverpool and Manchester, sharing stages with King Khan, The Lucid Dream and Phobophobes, with festival dates at Liverpool Sound City, Independent Venue Week, Liverpool International Music Festival, and a support slot with Joy Division’s Peter Hook. He is a supporter of Liverpool FC, a big fan of Bowie, Prince and heavy grooves, and has a cat named Marcel. Fran is a keen promoter of issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing, helping to nurture young musicians during his day job as events manager at Sound Food and Drink, a popular music bar in Liverpool city centre.

Henry Pulp (Artist, Musician)

Father, Musician, Artist and Designer, Michael Bennett aka Henry Pulp – “aided by the Spiritual Gift Of Madness” – has 10 years’ experience in the creative sector, from the founding of record labels and venues to developing and maintaining international brands and events.

Mersey Wylie (Singer, Songwriter)
Mersey Wylie is a singer-songwriter, vocal coach and Musical Director of the Choir with No Name. She has performed at notable festivals and venues across Liverpool and the UK and has been featured on BBC 6 Music and in Mojo Magazine. She fronts an 8-piece band, playing her unique brand of original neo-soul and has worked with an impressive range of artists, including Yoko Ono, Boy George and Mick Jones. She is passionate about promoting good mental health, especially within the creative industries and is set to release her debut EP this year, a collection of songs that explore her personal journey with her own mental health.

Peter Harrison (SPQR)

Peter Harrison is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter and frontman of SPQR from the Wirral. Having dealt with a range of mental health issues most of his life, he has been praised for his honest and open song-writing on the subject and has lots of experience tackling a negative brain that just won’t give up!

Ruth Gould (Artistic Director, DaDaFest)
Ruth is the Artistic Director of DaDaFest, a disability and d/Deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool with an international reputation for delivering high quality, accessible events and projects, including a critically acclaimed Biennial Festival. Ruth is a pioneer in her field, and is passionate about empowering disabled artists, challenging social attitudes and pushing boundaries in the disability arts scene. She is on the Board of Michigan based DisArt, Chair of Unlimited’s Main Commissions Panel, and an advisory member for the Granada Foundation and Liverpool City Council Tourism and Culture Select Committee. She became a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside in 2015 and was awarded an MBE in 2016. Ruth is also an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.

Nikki Greig (Arts and Wellbeing Practitioner, Chair of Panel)
Based in Liverpool for the last 15 years, and originally trained as an actor, Nikki has worked in both the arts and voluntary sector. Working with Hope Street Ltd in 2007 ignited her passion for developing participatory arts projects, using theatre as a way of exploring socio-political issues in the community, with an emphasis on mental health themes. Alongside her current work as a Wellbeing Facilitator, Nikki is developing her own practice across the arts, including diverse roles as a theatre practitioner, director, performer, film producer, live events manager and spoken word experimenter! Nikki has worked previously with the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium team on their Liverpool Mental Health Festival and Mad Pride events.

Mindsways

Mindsways are father and son mentalist double-act, George and Alex Rowley. They are mystery entertainers, combining mind-reading, humour and intrigue. George works with Psychological Artistry – a blend of psychology, behavioural science, and mentalism – to entertain, improve lives, promote innovation and creativity, and increase inclusion opportunities. Alex is a creative thinker, magician, actor and writer who uses magic and mentalism to tell effective, engaging and empowering stories. Using personal experience of mental distress and his theatrical background, he creates a better understanding of mental health.

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8.00pm – Late: Live Music
After a day of discussion, what better than a night of music? Liverpool Mental Health Consortium presents a gig highlighting mental wellbeing in the Arts & Creative Industries. FREE!
Line-up:

Stealing Sheep
Stealing Sheep are an electro-pop trio from Liverpool: Rebecca Hawley (keys), Emily Lansley (bass) and Luciana Mercer (drums). They share lead vocals, making weird and wonderful harmonies with old skool synth sounds, full luscious kit and funky bass. They brandish their own surreal disco experience with euphoric dance pop back beats, experimental soundscapes and a multitude of dynamic shifts – expect colourful leotards and sparkling visuals.

Mersey Wylie

Mersey Wylie is a singer-songwriter, vocal coach and Musical Director of the Choir with No Name. She has performed at notable festivals and venues across Liverpool and the UK and has been featured on BBC 6 Music and in Mojo Magazine. She fronts an 8-piece band, playing her unique brand of original neo-soul and has worked with an impressive range of artists, including Yoko Ono, Boy George and Mick Jones. She is passionate about promoting good mental health, especially within the creative industries and is set to release her debut EP this year, a collection of songs that explore her personal journey with her own mental health.

SPQR
Making vicious, emotionally mature art rock that’s as deeply layered as it is visceral, SPQR are a band as likely to break your heart on record as they are to tear your face off live, with frontman Peter Harrison’s nuanced songwriting and impressive vocal range possessing an emotional depth seldom found in such a young artist.

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