Articipation – Wellbeing Forum for the Creative Arts & Industries

New to Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2018, the first half of Articipation was a forum on wellbeing in the arts & creative industries, & was attended by a range of musicians, writers, performers, artists, arts administrators, promoters, record label owners & more, introduced by Luciana Berger (MP for Liverpool Wavertree. Mental Health Advisor to Liverpool City Region Mayor)

Writer, performer, trainer & mental health activist, Clare Shaw, gave a great keynote speech, followed by a panel discussion chaired by arts practitioner & mental health support worker Nikki Grieg featuring Clare; singer/songwriter/vocal coach Mersey Wylie; Fran Codman, guitarist with space rockers Pale Rider; Peter Harrison, guitarist & songwriter with art rockers SPQR; Ruth Gould, artistic director of DaDaFest (Disability & Deaf Arts Festival); & musician, performer & musical entrepreneur Henry Pulp.

Father & son double act, George & Alex Rowley (Mindsways), gave a presentation about coping with anxiety, stage fright, imposter syndrome & negative audience feedback that featured magic, mentalism & psychological artistry. Forum attendees were able to participate in discussion workshops about the issues raised on the day, & the whole thing was captured in visual form by More than Minutes.

Later in the evening, & compered by Andy Kerr, a phenomenal line-up of live music was headlined by Stealing Sheep, an electro-pop trio from Liverpool featuring Rebecca Hawley (keys), Emily Lansley (bass) & Luciana Mercer (drums), brandishing their own surreal disco experience with euphoric dance pop back beats, experimental soundscapes & a multitude of dynamic shifts. Singer-songwriter, vocal coach & Musical Director of the Choir with No Name, Mersey Wylie, stunned the audience with her unique brand of original neo-soul. SPQR got everyone jumping with their vicious, visceral, emotionally mature art rock, fronted by Peter Harrison.

‘It was such an inspiring day and such a warm, welcoming atmosphere that I couldn’t have asked for anything more!’

‘Really enjoyed the Articipation event on Saturday. Great to see you continuing the dialogue about mental health in the creative industry.’

‘Probably the best mental health festival in the world. Thank you so much, @liverpoolmhc

‘This event was exactly what I needed tonight. Having worked in the creative industry for years I really related to the topics raised. I left feeling emotional but much better about myself and the talents I have. Thank you @liverpoolmhc.’

‘‘No matter what type of creative you are, creativity is an outlet’. Really enjoyed the @liverpoolmhc Articipation talk at @ConstellationsL tonight. A great mix of panel discussions, poetry, performances & workshops.’

‘What an amazing weekend, congratulations @liverpoolmhc! It was such an honour to be involved & incredible to see mental health discussed so openly & positively.’

‘Loved your show. We had a great time xxx’