Grangegorman Histories will be hosting an introductory webinar to the Change Minds project on 15 January as part of the 2021 First Fortnight (Arts & Mental Health) Festival.
Change Minds began in Norfolk, UK where people living with mental health conditions and on low incomes researched two digitised 19th Century Norfolk County Asylum Case Books at Norfolk Record Office and Norwich Millennium Library.
Directors of the project, Laura Drysdale and Gary Tuson, will join participant Richard Johnson to speak about their experiences and to explore the potential of introducing a variation of Change Minds based on the Grangegorman Archive.
Date: Friday 15 January 2021
Time: 18:00 (IST)
You can read more about the event and book your place here: https://www.ria.ie/change-minds-archives-art-and-mental-health
In the past 250 years, Grangegorman has been the site of a workhouse, a hospital and a prison, and now it is to be integrated into the city as a health and education campus. Grangegorman Histories is a public history programme of research and shared discovery of the Grangegorman site and surrounding communities.
First Fortnight is an arts-based mental health charity that organises a festival in the first two weeks of the year aimed at challenging stigma. An awareness campaign in the First Fortnight of the year works because we are all a little raw that time of year and more likely to be open to an empathic response. First Fortnight has become a fixture in the cultural calendar and synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma. First Fortnight also runs a Centre for Creative Therapies, which provides an art psychotherapy and music therapy service to adults with experience of homelessness or at risk of homelessness.