The Art of Place: Re-imagining landscapes for mental wellbeing
Council Room 11–11.30am, 12–12.30pm, 1–1.30pm, 2–2.30pm, 3–3.30pm
Emma Rose (Lancaster University) and Macarena Rioseco Castillo ( Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacion)
Led by British Academy-funded researcher Emma Rose and artist Macarena Rioseco Castillo, this art workshop is designed for anyone to drop in, pick up a paintbrush or a crayon, and develop your means of creative self-expression.
The format is developed from a British Academy-funded programme of workshops titled 'Art of Recovery', which engaged with migrants who had been forced to leave their homes in extreme situations, to explore how participatory arts can contribute to recovery from trauma.
The Science of Storytelling
Council Room 12.30–1pm, 4 –4.30pm
Hannah Little (University of Liverpool)
Storytelling lies at the heart of effective science communication and is one of the oldest, most powerful and universal tools that humans use to understand the world around us, but why do some stories endure while others are forgotten?
Led by Hannah Little, Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool, this interactive activity is set up like a game of ‘Telephone’ and will help uncover cognitive biases associated with storytelling.
Watch Hannah’s Tedx Talk about what science fiction can teach us about the origins of language; and listen to her in conversation with Michael Rosen on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth.
Visual Strategies for Sound – a music workshop for creating instant graphic scores
Mall Room 12–12.30pm, 4–4.30pm
No. 11 Lobby 2–2.30pm
Una MacGlone and Jean McEwan (Edinburgh University)
Pick up an instrument and have a go at these tried and tested music and art activities in a friendly and supportive setting.
Led by British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Music at the Edinburgh College of Art, improvisation specialist and bassist Una MacGlone, alongside Bradford-based visual artist Jean McEwan, this workshop will demonstrate how music can help promote wellbeing and improve mental health.
No musical experience is necessary to attend the workshop, and instruments will be provided. Watch Una McClone and Jean McEwan’s captivating multimedia collaboration ‘A Whole Other Vibe’, produced (alongside musician and producer Jim McEwan) as part of the 2021 Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra Festival.
Respect Me, Respect My Name: Names, identities and why it matters to say people’s names correctly
Mall Room 12.30–1.15pm, 3–3.45pm
Jane Pilcher (Nottingham Trent University) and Seun Matiluko (University of Oxford)
We all have names, and our names signal who we are – to ourselves and to other people – in all sorts of ways. And this is why it is important to say people’s names right. If you are a human being who wants to respect the identities of people you encounter, this interactive workshop will help you! Led by British Academy-funded researchers from Nottingham Trent University Jane Pilcher and Hannah Deakin-Smith, along with journalist Seun Matiluko, this 45-minute session will guide you through a set of activities that will help you to:
- Understand the significance of names for people’s identities, including through telling your own ‘name story’
- Learn how to respect the names of other people
- Learn how you can help others to pronounce your own name correctly
- Learn how you can be an ally to those whose names might get mispronounced!
Listen to Jane Pilcher – Associate Professor of Sociology and leading expert on the sociology of names – discuss personal names and identity on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme.
Mini Citizens' Assembly: How can we listen to each other?
Mall Room 1.30–2.45pm
Naomi Waltham-Smith (Warwick University)
Recent research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests that many in Britain feel their voice is not being heard, fuelling populist backlash and disaffection, but rarely do we ask ourselves what listening means to us.
Led by Dr Naomi Waltham-Smith, a Reader at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick and a British Academy-funded researcher, this interactive mini–Citizens' Assembly invites you to come together to discuss and propose what “listening well” might mean today.
Watch Naomi discuss urban marginalisation and belonging in the context of electronic music in this lecture for the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University.
Do you believe in magic?
Catherine Rider and Dionisius Agius FBA (University of Exeter), Mara Livermore (Founder & CEO, House of SweetWaters)
This special workshop uses records from the early 17th century Inquisition in Malta, to illuminate stories about who sought or performed magic during the period, many of them ordinary people. From amulets to healing, superstitions to problem-solving, learn about the different ways that magic spanned social divisions and how it differed – or not – from our understanding of magic today with Catherine Rider, Dionisius Agius and Mara Livermore.
Read a preview of Magic in Malta: Sellem bin al-Sheikh Mansur and the Roman Inquisition, 1605 edited by Catherine Rider and Dionisius Agius.
Arts and Health: Creative Writing Workshop
Council Room 2.30–3pm
Dr Kim Wiltshire and Dr Zayneb Allak lead this interactive discussion of how we can use the arts for wellbeing. This workshop will include elements such as freewriting, crafting our words and using well known forms such as Haikus to explore how we feel.
Crafting Inclusion: using creative materials to talk about difficult topics
No. 11 Lobby 12.30–1pm and 3–3.30pm
Angelika Strohmayer (Northumbria University)
Join in this crafting activity based on a 12-month collaborative research project aiming to innovate inclusion policies in arts and heritage venues and service delivery for criminal justice support organisations.