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A sharing day on theme of Art and Health with a unique performance by Artist Bobby Baker titled Mad Gyms and Kitchens.


How do artists work with authentic material and lived experience, and transform them into artwork for the public arena. 


Artists speaking work in live art, theatre, and the visual arts. Chaired by Kate Broom Course Director, MA Art, Health and Well-being, Birmingham City University. Bobby Baker talks about Diary Drawings. Mark Storor is an award winning Wellcome Trust artist working in the space between live art and theatre, read about  For the Best, Sean Burn’s presentations become performance. Witness Sean’s reclamation of the language of lunacy


Wednesday 29 February 

2pm Artist Talks

5pm Performance Mad Gyms and Kitchens

£5.00 talks, performance and coffee 

£2.50 performance only


To book your place please Email or call 07757 254852.


Bobby Baker talks about Diary Drawings, that won Mind Book of the Year in 2011. Bobby began her diary drawings in 1997 when she became a patient at a day centre. Originally private, they gradually became a way for her to communicate complex thoughts and emotions that are difficult to articulate to her family, friends and professionals. The drawings chart the ups and downs of her recovery, family life, work as an artist, breast cancer and just how funny all this harrowing stuff can be. Observer Interview with Bobby Baker by Kate Kellaway


Mark Storor is an award winning artist working in the space between live art and theatre. His work is devised, often site specific and always collaborative. The Guardian said “he doesn’t so much rehearse theatre in a traditional manner as create an alchemical process in which images, rituals and the personal experiences of patients are thrown together in the mixing bowl of the rehearsal room.” 


Find out about Mark Storor’s For the Best: a feeling for death, an award-winning play created by kidney dialysis patients couldn’t be more poignant, finds Lyn Gardner  & Mark Storor show at the Round house London, The Fat Girl Gets a Haircut and Other Stories – Guardian


Sean Burn’s presentations become performance. Witness Sean’s reclamation of the language of lunacy featuring a “nutcase”, marbles and several walnuts, as he describes his project in 2010 at The New Art Gallery Walsall, and meeting Mental Health groups.


The event will be chaired by Kate Broom Course Director, MA  Art, Health and Well-being, Birmingham City University. The body, and the performative action will be explored in the context of models of recovery, prevention and resilience.


All the above artists are familiar with each others practice, so will make afternoon entertaining, generating with ease questions about practice, which promise to be highly informative, and inclusive. Take a look at website to find out about exhibition Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and me by Bobby Baker  and Mad Gyms and Kitchens by Bobby Baker on tour in the Black Country from 28 February – 2nd March.


Funded and supported by Arts Council England and Walsall Council Creative Development Team.


Mad Gyms & Kitchens has been commissioned for Unlimited, a project celebrating disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The project is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, the Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.


Photo credit: Pull Yourself Together Trafalgar Square, London (2007), photo by Hugo Glendinning