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Arts for Health and Wellbeing webinar

Available from 22 October 2020

A panel discussion exploring the importance of arts engagement within spaces such as museums and galleries to enhance one’s health and wellbeing. The panel features experts on health and wellbeing best-practices, from museums and arts spaces around the world. The panellists also discuss perspectives on therapeutic opportunities and shed light on best practices in the field across the different regions as well as the social stigma around therapeutic practices.

Discussion points:
• How the engagement with the arts can benefit one’s mental, social and physical health and wellbeing?
• How museums and arts spaces can offer therapeutic moments?
• What is the public's current perception of the function of an art museum, and how do we challenge it?

The panellists include:

Maral Jule Bedoyan, Education and Learning Resources Manager at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Maral is leading the initiative of the museum’s Arts for Health & Wellbeing programme. She is a museum education specialist with a Master's degree in museums and gallery practice from University College London. Passionate about all things arts, culture and communication.

May Khuen Chung, Director of the National Museum of Singapore.

May has worked in several prestigious museums and institutions around the world including the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore History Museum and Singapore’s Heritage Conservation Centre. She has curated among others the exhibition ‘In the Mood for Cheongsam: Modernity and the Identity of Singapore Women from 1900s to 2000’ and published an accompanying book. She holds an MA in History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion.

Stephen Legari, Art Therapy Lead Program Officer at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Stephen is a registered art therapist and licensed therapist for Couples and Families. His programme includes museum-based art therapy groups, research collaborations, supervision of art therapy and a community open studio.

Helen Jury, Doctoral Researcher at University College London, Department of Genetics and the Psychoanalysis Unit, auditing The Slade School of Art.

Helen is an art psychotherapist who has worked in the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and in Mental Health with Adults, Learning Disabilities. She has also worked in schools, charities and independent organisations. Helen is the co-editor with Ali Coles of the book Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries. She is also an associate Editor of IJAT: The International Journal of Art Therapy.

Dana Al Mazrouei, Education Manager at Warehouse421, Founder of Yellow Space.

Dana has worked with children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and the Sharjah Children Biennial project working with refugee children using art as a medium for therapy.
Dana holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art and Design and a Masters Degree in Art History and Museum Studies. She is currently undertaking a Doctoral Degree for Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

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