UK NAWC LAUNCH EVENT
The UK National Arts Wellbeing Collective's inaugural event at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 24 April featured talks from experts alongside networking and mindfulness sessions.
Speakers included Jonathan Curtis, discussing how he and other wellbeing champions had helped to support staff at audio-visual suppliers SFL Group, and Hazel Sawyers, who founded My Life Is My Business to help tackle workplace stigma around mental health issues, and highlighted the importance of mental health first aiders. Johann Ilgenfritz, CEO of UK Health Radio, gave an interesting talk on how, following serious ill health he changed his life style and is now promoting health and wellbeing via his 24 hour radio station.
Between the talks, activities included origami making for mindfulness with Origami Party London, ‘drumming for health’ sessions hosted by Inspire-works, and 10-minute meditations with Mindful Pathway. Below is a short clip of the event.
UK NAWC is picking up the challenge laid down by the CEO of the Arts Centre Melbourne, Claire Spencer, who has called on arts institutions in other countries to do more on mental health. The hugely effective Arts Wellbeing Collective in Australia, which she has helped to pioneer, is mentoring the UK group as it aims to emulate that success.