Words of Colour Productions presents Creative Wellbeing Talks
Creative Wellbeing Talks is a new knowledge-exchange space for writers, creatives, artists, cultural activists and influencers to be exposed to new thinking and therapeutic models with the scope to transform the reality of cultural inclusion in the arts.
To launch this new strand, we are excited to announce leading psychoanalytic psychotherapist Frank Lowe as our inaugural guest speaker in the first of two talks, where he will be in conversation with Joy Francis, executive director, Words of Colour Productions.
The importance of reflection, relationships and community to mental health and wellbeing
Thinking Space was developed by Frank Lowe and colleagues at the Tavistock Centre in 2002, as a learning forum to explore anxiety provoking, complex and painful subjects such as race, culture and diversity.
A Thinking Space draws on therapeutic principles and methods to create an environment, which enables participants to reflect safely with others about ‘the self ‘and ‘the other’ and to learn from this experience.
As a result of its success, Thinking Space has been increasingly used to address difficult issues outside the Tavistock, such as unconscious bias and the emotional impact of work on staff. It was also taken to Tottenham in 2012 following the August 2011 riots, and has been an open therapeutic group for residents of Tottenham since 2013.
In this talk, Frank Lowe will describe the Thinking Space model and its impact on residents in Tottenham. He will demonstrate how it helps to improve mental health and wellbeing through creating an environment where local people can come together to talk and reflect on the issues that affect them and think about how they should be best addressed.
After his presentation, Lowe will be in conversation with executive director of Words of Colour Productions Joy Francis, to explore the value of this model to the creative and arts sector against the backdrop of Grenfell Towers and the Windrush scandal.
About Frank Lowe
Frank Lowe is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Head of Social Work in the Adolescent and Adult Services at The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. He is a former Social Services Inspector and manager of local authority mental health services and has edited Thinking Space: Promoting thinking about race, culture and diversity in Psychotherapy and beyond (Karnac 2013). He was given an award for Psychoanalysis and Diversity by the British Psychoanalytic Council in 2015 for establishing ‘Tottenham Thinking Space’.