At the Crossroads with Vincent

Join CoolTan Arts at a launch party for our exciting new audio walk – At the Crossroads with Vincent – a journey of discovery to see London through Van Gogh’s eyes!

Come and try out the audio walk first hand, headphones provided. Refreshments available. All welcome.

At the Crossroads with Vincent invites listeners on a journey through the city and their own subconscious, exploring the life of Vincent Van Gogh and his connection to South London. Van Gogh lived from 1873 to 1874 at 87 Hackford Road in Brixton.

The audio walk can be experienced in any town or city anywhere in the world and lasts approximately 40 minutes.

The walk narrative was created by CoolTan participants during weekly workshops, led by artist R.M. Sánchez-Camus. Inspiration was gained from both Van Gogh’s own letters and how his mental distress might have affected his perspective of the world.

A CoolTan Arts and Art Angel collaboration.

For more information or to RSVP please call 020 7701 2696 or email

Via Matthew


Latest Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin

Dear All,
The latest Public Health Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin is now available with lots of  news, grants, evidence and events.

We hope you find it useful, helpful and do not forget that keep us inform of your activities or even comments!!!!!
To give a flavour of what is avalailbe to you:
* Lambeth well being and happiness info regarding grants and Warm Well Winter small grants.
* Evidence on the effect of loneliness and social isolation!
*  Lambeth safeguarding training for staff and more….
* MHFA/Mental health first aid training for workers in Southwark and Lambeth
* Invite to: ‘Maintaing wellbeing in Difficult times’ theme of next Lambeth & Southwark Network Meeting on the 11th Nov at cinema Museum

much more…
However still more goodies…….yes an invitation to our next Brixton Reel Film Festival programme. Please, extend the invitation with your community, network and colleagues, don’t delay to reserve your tickets!!!  by the way, the uptake has been positive!

do not forget to keep me informed of your good work that you need to share with others so I can publish it on the blog.

please, visit:

Best wishes,

Anamaria Florin, MRSH
Mental Wellbeing Officer
Lambeth and Southwark Public Health

Audio Blog of the Impact Art Fair at 336 Brixton Road on 27th July 2013 by Matthew

Lovely audio blog by Matthew of his visit to the Impact Art Fair – well worth a listen!

Impact Art Fair

Please do come along to the Impact Art Fair

Showcasing the work by highly talented artists whose opportunities can be limited by mental ill health, disability or other social circumstances.

 Open this Friday and weekend only! 26th – 28th July 2013

11am – 6pm

At Block 336

336 Brixton Road

Contact Us

For more information please visit

How to get to us

July 26, 27, 28 2013

336 Brixton Road

Open 11am-6pm daily

Tickets £2 each

Nearest tube Brixton (7 min walk)

The Impact Art Fair has a definite South London connection, being hosted at Block 336 in Brixton, with stalls of amazing art by many of our local solo artists and partner organisations: Bethlem Gallery, CoolTan Arts , Three C’s, and SE London Art Network. And on the SLaM stall we are displaying 84 selected and framed art on postcards by service users from across the Trust.

The Impact Art Fair, led by Creative Future, in partnership with SLaM’s Arts Strategy has been generously supported by the Maudsley Charity.

The Impact Art Fair provides affordable stalls and specialist support to help artists participate and offers the public an array of distinctive, rich and unique artworks from 150-200 practitioners.

Hope to see you there and please advertise across your networks!

Kind regards


Helen Shearn
Head of Arts Strategy

KINDRED MINDS: E-bulletin July 2013


Would you like to take part in a group discussion about genetic testing and clozapine? Final Call

My name is Ben Spencer and I am a psychiatry registrar at the Institute of Psychiatry working on a research project that is looking into people’s views of genetic testing in clozapine.

Schizophrenia is a common illness that can affect how people tolerate stress, and their experience of the world.  Some people who have schizophrenia do not get better on standard medication, and treatment with clozapine is offered.  Clozapine can affect the immune system and so people who take it have to have regular blood tests, and sometimes get side effects.

At the moment, researchers are looking into whether it might be possible to use a genetic test to predict if people with schizophrenia would benefit from clozapine, or would get side effects.  This research may mean that people would have to have blood tests less often when they are treated with clozapine.

No one has looked into people’s views on this, and I am keen to find out what people think.  To do this I have written a questionnaire about it to give to people.  I need to find out though if it’s asking the questions that service users think are important.

I am looking for people who have experience of mental health services, and who would like to look at a questionnaire we have written to find out about people’s views and attend a focus group discussion on it.  Ideally if you have knowledge or experience of clozapine or psychosis.

If you wanted to take part I would send you an information sheet about the study, and a copy of the questionnaire for you to complete in your own time.  I would also send you a feedback form so you can write about your experiences of it.

Then I would invite you to come along to a focus group to discuss with other similar people you thoughts on the questionnaire itself (is it too long, short, too simple).  Also at this group we would discuss the research itself and the issues or questions you think we should be asking.

You would be given your travel costs (up to a maximum of £10) to attend the focus group, and a £10 Marks and Spencer’s gift voucher for your involvement.

Please note the focus group session will take place on Thursday  25/07/2013 in Brixton.

Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved in this project by emailing :  with your name, phone number, and address to post the study information to.

The deadline to respond by is Wednesday 10/07/2013.

Reminder: Impact Art Fair @ Brixton, July – call for art work on postcards by SLaM Service users

Dear colleagues,

A gentle reminder for the call for art on postcards by service users for the SLaM stall at the Impact Art Fair at Block 336 in Brixton by 1st July! Here are some more details:


  • Please send the art on postcards to my address at the bottom of this email
    • Impact Art Fair
    • The Fair is hosted at the gallery Block 336, Brixton, London 26th, 27th and 28th of July, 2013.
    • Service users can submit more than one art on a postcard- a panel will select the best, aiming for a good spread and parity across SLaM.
      • Any suitable theme and any art materials on the postcard,  Size 12 x 17cm
      • Please let me know if anyone would like to volunteer-  to either looking after the stall (in shifts) and/ or helping framing the postcards at the Community Link Centre at Maudsley Hospital.
      • The postcard size will fit this frame which I will be providing.

Thanks very much and hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes


Helen Shearn
Head of Arts Strategy