A review of Xavier’s exhibition online


Please see below link to an online review of my exhibition at ORTUS. I would much appreciate it if you would circulate to anyone you feel may be interested. Thanks


Xavier White





Via Helen



The Dragon Café is taking a Break in August

A reminder in case you haven’t heard that The Dragon Café will be closed for the month of August, returning refreshed in September. We are all very conscious of the need for rest and attending to our wellbeing, and so at the mid-point of our second year there will be a break.

We wish you all a positive month and look forward to greeting you back on Monday 1st September when the adventure continues! Meanwhile you can check out a lovely selection of Photos from Monday’s Summer Celebration at http://dragoncafe.co.uk/news/#1 and while you’re there see photos from every Dragon Café so far.

PLUS take a look at this 3 minute Video Blog about the Café by Louise and Katie, filming for homeless support group SHP – the charity for homeless and vulnerable people in London http://unheardholler.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/experiences-of-dragon-cafe.html

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MHFA Art Show

Hi there!

We are really excited to let you know that going forward we would really like to hold a mental health themed art event early next year. As it’s early days, we are still working out the logistics of how to run the event and the finer details are still to be combed through.

We still need your help!

MHFA would love to showcase art that was created by people with lived experience of mental health issues. The way that we are intending to use the art is to challenge people’s perceptions of mental health, open up conversations around mental health more easily using artwork as a focus point and provide a really interactive session where people can explore mental health through a different, and very creative, medium.

If you, or you know of somebody, who would be happy for their artwork to be used at an event then we would really appreciate if you could please send a photograph of the pieces you would like to be considered. At this stage, I would suggest only to submit work that you would be happy to have you as the named artist. Also, if you could include a brief explanation/interpretation then this will help when it comes to the selection process. Submission of artwork photographs would be on a purely voluntary basis.

Please note that we may not be able to use all artwork at events but we will incorporate as much as we can.

Our next working group meeting is on 21st August so we would love to be able to show some examples at this meeting.

I’m really looking forward to hearing from you and seeing some great artwork!

Best wishes,

Emma Gunn

 Emma Gunn

Client Relationship Manager

A: 49 – 51 East Road, London N1 6AH

T: 020 7250 8386

M: 07738946315

E: emma@mhfaengland.org


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Mon 28th July at The Dragon Café

Create, Relate and Celebrate

Join us for a final Monday before we take a Summer break at the mid-point of The Dragon Cafe’s second year. Our Summer Medley will ensure there is music and movement through the day, but we also have opportunities to look closer at mental health care in Southwark with SLaM Presents at 2 pm, and developments in biomedical approaches in Research Works at 2.30 pm. In the evening you can get moving with VivArtista at 6.15 pm and a ‘flashmob’ style performance then join our Dragon for dance, drumming and celebration from 7 pm. Vive The Dragon Café!
PLEASE NOTE: we will be closed through August returning on Monday 1st September.

DC Programme- Monday 28 July 2014

What is Image Making?

Join our creative, fun and vibrant Graphics training department and discover your creative side

Hello everyone,

Please find attached details of our brand new Image Making course taster session on Thursday  July 24th.  These courses are for people recovering from mental health problems and cost only £20 a session for people with a personal budget.  The course proper begins July 29th and runs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for 5 weeks.  Students completing the Image Making course at Blackfriars MHWBS have joined our Art2print social enterprise to get hands on work experience of being in a design team.  Others have accessed full-time courses.   It has helped nearly all to boost their confidence, “ It gave me inspiration to be creative and not to be afraid to try new things”.

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Discover your creative side!

Best wishes

Bill Stewart

Service Coordinator Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”

Find out more about our graphic design studio www.art2printstudio.co.uk

1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB

Telephone: 020 7928 9521  Fax: 020 7960 4628

Find out more about what we can do for you:


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Raw Sounds summer event

Join Raw Material as we celebrate the end of another term of Raw Sounds, our music and media programme for people with mental health needs, and see the positive impact music has on wellbeing. We also invite local mental health professionals and community organisations to visit our music and education facilities, and hear about our work.

Raw Sounds contributes to the wellbeing of the community by providing opportunities for young people experiencing mental health issues to express their creativity. Making music improves wellbeing through developing confidence, being creative and connecting with other people.

If you work with someone with mental health needs and would like to refer them to our programme, please contact us. Our next term begins on September 25th.

For more information email: info@raw-material.org or call: 0207 737 6103


Mon 21 July at the Dragon Café

Music for the Mind and Mood
Our exploration of sound, music and movement continues. Join us to revive our Café Dancing Dragon in Art-Works at 2 pm, in preparation for festivities on the final Monday of this month – and also our last before a break in August. We will return on Monday 1st September refreshed and re-invigorated!  In the evening there will be a very special performance of live music, readings and strings (viols) in Melancholical Musings – a musical discourse in Melancholy at 7 pm.

DC Programme- Monday 21 July 2014