Behind the headlines
Mental health and creativity: facts and fictions

Friday 28 June 2019,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £10
Members/Concessions £8

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From Hogarth to Van Gogh, Edvard Munch to Yayoi Kusama, mental angst has long been credited as a source of profound artistic inspiration and creativity.

‘Madness is a gift from the gods’, as Plato put it. But is this view a misleading, even dangerous one? And what place should art and creativity have in responding to today’s mental illness epidemic?

At this special event, a panel of experts explores the science claiming a correlation between art practice and mental wellbeing and asks, does mental angst create great art?

Chaired by Principal and Chief Executive of the City Lit, Mark Malcomson. Panellists include former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Baroness Sheila Hollins and Financial Times arts correspondent Peter Aspden.

Presented in collaboration with FT Weekend and City Lit.

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