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Arting Health for Impact (2016) - Interfer

Arting Health for Impact (2016)


Arting Health for Impact: Mental Well-being Participatory Storytelling, Public Murals and Festivals to combat Stigma and Discrimination associated with Mental Health (2016).


Arting Health for Impact was a collaborative mental well-being visual arts project independently implemented in South Africa, Botswana (Infers Group) and India (DBT Alliance), funded by the Wellcome Trust. Interfer’s Arting Health for Impact component of the project focused on participatory storytelling and design between three very different but complementary communities of people, i.e. young in-patients at the Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital, senior clinicians and hospital employees and various artists. The project was focused on mental wellbeing, participatory storytelling, participatory design and participatory festival design.


Young persons who use mental health services, clinicians and clinical staff (psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, clinical nurses and clinical security) and street artists in the Western Cape were engaged in a participatory co-design process. This collective worked together to design a large public mural and co-designed an engagement festival that was hosted on the premises of the Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital, spearheaded by the young in-patients.


The project sought to follow the interests and trajectory of design as led by the young participants, for greater impact, relativity and sensitivity. This participatory engagement process resulted in an engagement festival on the premises of the Hospital with an audience in excess of 500 people.


Gratitude to the support of Sarah Iqbal, Abraham Mamela, Fok Alles, Jack De Jong, Prefix66, Jitsvinger, Chris Moyce, Bianca Van Rooi, Dr John Parker & Dr Rene Nassen for joining forces and supporting this incredible and necessary venture.

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