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Arts in Mind Education Scheme

King’s is delighted to announce a new collaborative funding opportunity for the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

The Arts in mind education scheme aims to bring together educators in the IoPPN with selected artists and cultural practitioners in order to explore creative, arts-based responses to key educational priorities identified by the faculty, including:  

  • Supporting students to engage in reflective practice
  • Supporting students to self-identify and share mental health issues
  • Supporting students to develop patient empathy and self-care
  • Supporting students to develop creativity in academic work

As an indicator of what’s possible, educators across King's Health Faculties have previously collaborated with a range of artists, including glassmakers, ceramicists, actors, gallery educators, photographers, and screen-writers, in order to foster a range of skills and sensibilities including: professional reflection; listening and communication; openness to experimentation; creative thinking; visual observation; resilience to ambiguity and complexity; and understanding and compassion towards the experiences and views of others.   

Key information & how to apply:

Funding scheme deadline: Friday 21 April 2017

Teams: Proposal teams should involve at least one member of King's academic or teaching staff and at least one artist/cultural partner.  We also welcome applications from teams including, where appropriate, students, the public, and service users.  The proposed project must include engagement with registered King’s students, face-to-face or online (this includes PhD students and students on clinical placement). 

Seed funding amount:  £3000- £5000

When will the projects run?: The projects will be delivered and evaluated in the 2017/18 academic year.

How will projects be selected: A selection committee made up of key staff from the IoPPN and the Cultural Institute at King's will select up to five projects in early May, based on the critera (see application pack).

How do I apply: To apply please complete the project proposal in the application pack and submit to by 21 April 2017. If you would like feedback on a draft proposal, please send it to us, clearly marked DRAFT, no later than 31 March.

Ideas workshop and project surgeries

To support applications to the scheme there was an initial ideas development workshop on Wednesday 15 February 2017, 13:30-15:30, ORTUS Centre, Denmark Hill Campus.

This facilitated workshop was open to all educators at the IoPPN, selected student representatives, and invited artists and cultural practitioners. It offered the opportunity to consider the key challenges; begin to generate potential ideas and responses to the above priorities; and identify potential partners for collaboration. 

Participants from the workshop will be invited to attend proposal surgeries to develop the collaborative arts-based initiatives discussed at the workshop. Project teams should include at least one academic and one artist/cultural practitioner (if necessary, support will be provided to identify suitable cultural partners).

For more information about the Arts in mind education scheme please see the application pack or contact

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