Artbeat Studio, in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is thrilled to announce “Out of Mind- Into Creativity: Mental Health and the Arts Symposium” running from Thursday November 24 to Saturday November 26, 2011. This milestone event is presented in conjunction with the upcoming WAG exhibition “William Kurelek: The Messenger”.
Many artists including William Kurelek have dealt with the debilitating effects of mental illness. Although their stories have since been canonized as part of a larger and well-known narrative of the “tortured artist” or “artist as mad genius,” mental illness within contemporary society remains a topic of deep-seated social ignorance and mental health consumers still face rampant social stigma and marginalization. Out of Mind—Into Creativity will explore the relationship between individual creativity and artists’ mental health, shedding light on the links between social inclusion and the participatory arts, and providing a forum for subverting the myths, stereotypes, and stigma around that continue to haunt discussions of mental illness today.
Out of Mind—Into Creativity: Mental Health and the Arts will feature a lineup of speakers and panelists from Winnipeg and abroad. The keynote address will be by Jenny Secker, Professor of Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University, Essex, UK. Dr. Secker has won numerous awards for her research in the area of mental health and social inclusion, with a particular focus on creative endeavour and the participatory arts.