CuratorSpace Salon #6: Arts and Health

Our next professional development events for artists and curators will take place on Thursday 8th November at Duke Studios, Sheaf Street, and is co-curated by Arts and Minds. These events give you the chance to hear from creative professionals about the work they do and how they can help you to develop your own practice. You’ll also have the chance to have a drink and meet other people working in the creative industries.

This event will be focused on Arts and Health and the ways that artists respond to questions around health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunities for working as an artist in the health sector. Speakers include artist Alice Bradshaw, talking about ther recent project Dwell Time, artist Hayley Mills-Styles, discussing her co-produced work in health settings, and arts organisations, Space2 and Arts and Minds.

The Venue

Duke Studios is an open collaborative space in the city centre of Leeds. Based around a Coworking model, Duke Studios provides a range of workspaces, creative services and facilities. Duke Studios also provide creative meeting and event space available to anyone looking for something different.

Tom Bailey, Arts and Minds

Arts & Minds is a network of people in Leeds who believe the arts can be good for your mental health. It is an NHS funded project that aims to increase the use of creativity in mental health services and support creative people with mental health issues living in Leeds.

Arts & Minds works in NHS services and in the community to develop projects with partnerships at their heart. For example, in 2011 we founded the Love Arts Festival, a celebration of creativity and mental well-being, held every October in Leeds. The festival features exhibitions, performances, workshops, and conferences all programmed with our partners. In 2016 we were instrumental in setting up Beyond, a new bi-annual festival of learning disability and the arts.

Alice Bradshaw

Alice Bradshaw is an artist, curator, researcher and writer, working out of her shed studio in Elland, Halifax, and is founding director of the Museum of Contemporary Rubbish. Alice has recently undertaken a month long residency at Brighouse Household Waste Recycling Centre and has self-published a new publication and film both entitled Recyclables. Her practice is interdisciplinary and she is developing her ‘Talking Rubbish’ conversational practice alongside making objects, films and publications.

Dwell time is an artist-run newspaper project centred on reflections on mental wellbeing, curated by Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley and Lenny Szrama, in partnership with Penistone Line Partnership. The newspaper is to be launched in Spring 2019 at Penistone Art Week. As well as an open call, they have been running workshops and a participative poetry event on the train for National Poetry Day. Dwell time: The time a train spends at a scheduled stop without moving. Typically, this time is spent boarding or alighting passengers, but it may also be spent waiting for traffic ahead to clear, or idling time in order to get back on schedule.

Hayley Mills-Styles

Hayley is a textile artist who works prolifically across different arts and health organisations. Her work combines traditional techniques like applique, quilting and hand stitch with digital embroidery and sculptural elements, transforming these stories into textile drawings and objects. She was recently commissioned to work with people at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders.


Space 2 is an arts charity based in Leeds; their slogan is 'Creating healthy communities and thriving young people through arts & creativity.' Initially created as part of a Space for Sports and Arts Initiative, and originally named, Space@Bracken Edge, it sat within a primary school in Chapeltown. It led an Extended Services cluster for several years, an expansion in its remit which resulted in the name Space2.

The organisation recognised the role the arts can play in disadvantaged communities with adults as well as young people across a number of pressing social agendas and secured a Public Health Service Level Agreement in 2010. Space2 has also built good partnerships with the mental health and wellbeing sector in the City over the past two years, becoming members of Volition, the voluntary sector mental health alliance, in 2011.

Getting there

The venue is only 10 minutes walk from Leeds train station. There is also parking outside the venue and also at The Tetley nearby.

This event is kindly supported by Duke Studios Free Thursdays. There are limited places at the venue so please secure your booking at Eventbrite.

Image: Alice Bradshaw, 'Crumpled paper', Dwell Time, 2018


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