The Catalyst events are for people working in art and/or mental health, and for people with lived experience of mental health. The aim is to create new relationships between art and mental health, deepen existing ones, and showcase how art can affect change within health. Rather than a traditional conference, these playful one-day events for 50 people will stimulate new connections and ideas. Creative thinking will be fully embedded into the programme and into the participants!

We will split the attendees into a series of small, mixed groups, who will work together throughout the day to develop new ideas for art and mental health collaborations. You’ll be encouraged to exercise your imagination beyond the laws of physics and the limitations of money… and try to create the most ambitious and inspiring project proposal of the day. At the same time you will be creating new relationships that you can continue beyond the Catalyst Event.

We will present the Madlove approach to key issues including: research and development, consultation, collaboration, site-specificity, working with vulnerable groups, innovating established processes and structures. For each key aspect of practice, we will set a task or provocation for the groups to address.
The model for the Catalyst Event will be one of horizontal learning, with each delegate bringing their unique experience to the table, whether they are a service user or a policy maker, an artist or a commissioner.