Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, Deputy Director of CREATURE and Course Leader on the Public Art & Performance MA set to host Inside Out Public Art, Nature and Mental Wellbeing discussion.
Date: 6 October 2022
‘Inside Out - Public Art, Nature and Mental Wellbeing’ is a roundtable discussion between professionals and academics working at the intersection of public art, nature and mindfulness. The event, hosted by Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, will bring together speakers from across the art world. academia, and mental health work
The event is being hosted by CREATURE, London Met research centre’s in Creative Arts, Cultures, and Engagement, which aims to bring together interdisciplinary research in the creative arts, its practice, cultural impact and societal engagement.
The discussion will begin with an introductory presentation from members of The Line, London’s first dedicated public art walk, which features an evolving programme of art installations, projects and events. The Line stretches through three London boroughs (Newham, Tower Hamlets, and Greenwich) from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The O2.
Dr Scarso, who was recently appointed as Trustee for The Line, said of the partnership: "we are incredibly excited about our special collaboration with The Line. This wonderful organisation, of which I am proud to be a Trustee, continues to push the boundaries of what public art means in the life of a city like London.”
Dr Scarso will then lead the discussion, and introduce guest speakers who will begin with a provocation: each speaker will respond to a question by discussing their own practice. Each speaker will provide 3-5 images and a caption, which will then be collated into a slideshow as a way of visualising these projects.
Guest speakers include Dr Zoe Moula (King's College London), Melissa Moore (London College of Fashion), Menka Sanghvi (The Mindfulness Institute), and Sarah Carrington (The Line).
The Line is unlike many art projects, in that it is entirely free to the public, which is central to Dr Scarso’s ethos: “Alongside the importance of free access to art for the public, we want to take the opportunity to explore the important link between outdoor art, nature and mental well-being. This is one of many collaborations that we intend to foster with The Line, which, right from the start of our recently launched MA Public Art & Performance, has represented a vital model of best practice and of cultural value"
The event is being held at the Aldgate Campus on 12 October and will run from 6pm to 9pm including a drinks reception after the discussion.