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Enter the world of the brain through music, art and science

You are all warmly invited to attend 'Inside an Unquiet Mind' - a multi-sensory arts installation bringing together artists, musicians and Cambridge Neuroscientists. This event is hosted on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October as part of the University of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas, 6.30 - 9.30 pm both evenings drop in, 47 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, free to attend and all welcome.

Inside an Unquiet Mind is a mixed media event that has been created by a group of individuals affected by mental health problems working with professional artists, musicians and scientists.

The project seeks to offer an insight and provoke discussion and has been put together by Squeaky Gate, a charity dedicated to empowering people through the arts.

Stephen Pyle, creator of the stage set for Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang and other major international performances (including the Rolling Stones and Nelson Mandela) has created a multi-sensory walkway. Audience members are invited to enter a different world and glimpse into how it feels to have an ‘unquiet mind’. The evening will include performances of The Drug Suite, a modern opera that explores perceptions and experiences of psychiatric medication from a patient’s point of view. Cambridge Neuroscience are exhibiting related neuroscience images and will be delivering presentations during the Event. There will also be an exhibition of work from pupils of local schools and sixth-forms from a project based at the MRC called Imagining the Brain.

Squeaky Gate CEO,  Simon Gunton states:

“Mental health is a relevant issue to everyone.  Through this creative work we hope to offer a glimpse of how it feels to experience some of these problems.  Although it’s a serious subject we aim to entertain as well as inform and hope people will come along for a good night out” 

Dr. Hannah Critchlow, pictured right, Cambridge Neuroscience Strategic Manager commented:

"We are delighted to partner with Squeaky Gate and to be involved in this highly innovative and exciting project, Inside an Unquiet Mind, linking mental health, the arts and research for a Festival of Ideas Event".

For me, the musical performances, with music and lyrics composed by creative and talented indivuals who have formed the Squeaky Gate group, highlight the plight of psychiatry and the requirement for us to further understand the brain in order to develop new treatments for some of the devastating psychiatric disorders that affect millions of people worldwide.

The 'Brain Art Images’ displayed at this event include:  Acrylic on Canvas images by Professor Bill Harris, Head of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. His art demonstrates how unquiet and busy the brain can appear at the cellular level. In addition, neuroscience relevent Wellcome Trust prints are exhibited, on loan from Professor Ed Bullmore from the Herchel Smith Building, Addenbrooke’s Site, Cambridge. The Herchel Smith building brings together clinicians and cognitive and behavioural neuroscientists - to learn from each other, and work collaboratively. These works of art have been installed in the Herchel Smith Building to inspire current neuroscientists – taking us from historical interpretations of the brain to current research. Images depicting various elements of current neuroscience research are also on show, on loan from members of the British Neuroscience Association'

Cambridge Neuroscientists will also be discussing their research with the public on Friday, 29th October, including:

Dr Belinda Lennox of the Brain Mapping Unit at the Department of Psychiatry will talk about The Many Faces of Bipolar.

Dr Graham Murray, Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Clinical Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry will give a presentation on Delusions, Hallucinations and Anhedonia in terms of Dopamine Dysfunction.

Professor Bill Harris, Head of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience will explain how studying the Developing Zebra Fish can help us understand the brain, and how this may help us develop more effective therapies.

Inside an Unquiet Mind will take place at the Multi-Arts Community Space, 47 Norfolk Street, Cambridge (entry through The Box Café) on Friday 29 October and Saturday 30 October, 6.30 to 9.30 pm. No charge (donations welcome). Performances approximately on the hour. Drinks and refreshments available. 

Please note: the Cambridge Neuroscientists will be presenting in the Friday event only.

Posted on 25/10/2010

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