Open Minds art, music and mental health celebration event

Date: 20 September 2022


People with mental health challenges in Haringey are staging an art exhibition and music performance to showcase their creativity in a project funded by NHS Charities Together to promote recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. They have worked with Outsider Music and Outsider Gallery over 10 weeks through the summer to express themselves, gain confidence and change attitudes to mental illness through artworks and songs.

Jon Hall, Director of Outsider Music says, ‘It’s been an amazing experience to work with people as they express themselves and tell their stories in music and images. This event will showcase their talents and we invite everybody with an interest in mental health and wellbeing to come along and join us’.

About Open Minds

  • About Open Minds

    • Open Minds aims to provide:
      • Engaging and empowering creative workshops in music, drama and art
      • Opportunities for healing and exploration of difficult emotions and life experiences
      • Increased self- esteem, self-confidence, social networks and community engagement

    • Jon Hall, music therapist and director of Outsider Music CIC says, The Open Minds music sessions use song-writing, recording, video, and live performance to reinforce recovery, promote peer support and enhance wellbeing. This can lead to a profound ‘shift in gaze’ by participants and their families, friends and key workers, allowing for more positive sense of self and of belonging.

    • Ben Wakeling, artist and founder of The Outsider Gallery London, says ’Open Minds expressive art sessions use painting, drawing and graffiti within a contemporary gallery setting to engage some of the most isolated and vulnerable individuals to reinforce recovery and promote wellbeing. We champion creative expression and challenge stigma.

    • Maria Stydenko, dramatherapist says, 'Open Minds dramatherapy sessions empower clients to discover inner resources, offering a space to find their voice and tell their story. They can explore difficult emotions and life experiences, gain confidence and develop social skills using indirect, playful and creative methods.

Friday 23 September 6.00 pm at Clarendon Recovery College, Clarendon Road, N8 0DJ

For more information:

Jon Hall

  • Outsider Music:

Femi Adedeji

  • BEH Commmunciations:

Lizzie Dowell

  • NHS Charities Together: