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Maybe It’s The World That’s Mad

6th October 2018 - 23rd November 2018, Artlink Hull

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Preview Evening: 5th October, 6-8 PM

Exhibition Dates: 6th October – 23rd November

Artlink and Mad Pride Hull have collaborated to create a programme of workshops and exhibition called Maybe It’s The World That’s Mad. The project explores the idea of a community that talks about mental health and celebrates our differences rather than stigmatising them. We ask the audience to consider the madness of today’s world, its systems, structures and imposed stress that affect our mental well-being; and to reflect on how this might be different. The exhibition will include an interactive sculpture and fabric banners made in public workshops preceding the exhibition, as well as a Chaos Office, in which the participants can break free from the constraints of acceptable office behaviour, turn bureaucracy on its head and create their own ‘mad’ systems and structures. We aim to shift the power dynamics around mental health by using art as a tool to communicate things that are hard to express and by listening to the voices of those with lived experience of mental health challenges.

Artist Information:
Maybe It’s the World That’s Mad features the work of artists Mathias Tornvig, Ella Dorton, Lilly Williams and Mike Sprout, poet and activist Sam Donaldson and young people from HeadStart Hull.

Mad Pride Hull
Mad Pride Hull is part of an international movement committed to thinking, talking and acting creatively around madness, challenging normality and celebrating diversity. Using art we highlight how mad our world really is and how it so often makes us unwell.

Events and workshops

Build a Wild Thing
Free, drop in sculpture workshops, 28th and 29th September, 10am-4pm, Artlink
This workshop will explore this trope in a playful way as we create our own representation of the dark and difficult, wild and wonderful in sculptural form!

Chaos Office
Free, drop-in workshops, 3rd Nov 10-4pm; 7th Nov 12-3pm and 9th Nov 4-8pm, Artlink
The Chaos Office is a playful, improvisatory creative session for exaggerating, breaking down and transforming the excessive bureaucracy, professionalism, business jargon, and so on of modern-day office workplaces.

Listening: An Introduction to the Samaritans at Artlink
November 3rd, drop in 1 – 3pm, Artlink
Have you ever wondered what the Samaritans do? Have you considered becoming a Samaritan? Would you like to be a better listener? Every single day, around 16 people decide to end their own life across the UK. Samaritans believe that by providing a safe place for people to explore their thoughts and feelings in confidence, they can help them find a way forward. Join us at this informal discussion session to find out more about listening and about all the different things Samaritans do.

Panel discussion: art and mental health
8th November, 6 – 8pm, Artlink
Artlink has organised a panel discussion on exploring art and mental health as part of the Maybe It’s The World That’s Mad programme. Come a long to take part in the this friendly and informal discussion on 8th November from 6-8 PM. Light refreshments will be available. Just turn up, no need to book. The panel will feature a variety of speakers, you can find out more here.

Poetry Saves Lives
9th November 8pm, Artlink
Poems Save Lives is a space that usually happens every two weeks at GROUND coming to Artlink as part of Maybe It’s The World That’s Mad. Everyone and anyone is welcome to come and share in poems that mean something important to us. Come just to have a cup of tea and listen or come to read poems, either you’re own or those that have spoken to you.


6th October 2018
23rd November 2018
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Artlink Hull
87 Princes Avenue
Hull, England HU5 3QP United Kingdom
01482 345104


Artlink Hull
01482 345104

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Arts Council Hull City Council