Who are we?

See an introduction to this year's committee members below:

DrKaiSyngTan

Kai Syng Tan’s artistic and curatorial practice, teaching and research straddle within, between and beyond the art and academic worlds. Known for her 'eclectic style and cheeky attitude' (Sydney Morning Herald) and 'radical interdisciplinarity' (Dr Alan Latham, UCL), she has shown at the Southbank Centre, MOMA (New York), Royal Geographical Society, 8th ASEAN Para Games, Biennale of Sydney. BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, Guardian and Fuji TV. Recognition includes San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award and collections include the Museum of London and Fukuoka Art Museum. Kai completed her PhD at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. She is also Director of RUN! RUN! RUN!, a Peer Review College member for UKRI and Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Research Committee Member of the UK Adult ADHD Network.

Alan

Dr. Alan Baban is a Psychiatry Trainee based in London. He completed the MA in Creative Writing with distinction at Birkbeck. His writing, which includes a novel about a psychiatric hospital through a surreal lens, is represented by Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency.

Rosie

Dr Rosie Sedgwick is a CAMHS trainee at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and an Academic Clinical Fellow at King’s College London developing research in the areas of Social Media and self-harm. She co-ran the BSMS Art Society as an undergraduate and participated in "Laboratory Life" an Arts Catalyst/Lighthouse Arts funded project in 2011 as well as subsequent exhibitions and performance events including: Brighton Festival Fringe, White Night Brighton and Playgroup Festival. She works mostly with textiles and dressmaking, both as a hobby and as a collaborator with Bio Artist Anna Dumitriu on a number of projects. These works have now been exhibited widely both internationally and in the UK at venues such as the V&A and the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. Rosie was the psychART 2017 lead and co-led psychART events including 'the Creative Workshop and Wellbeing Series" and the psychART event in the 2018 Arts in Mind Festival at Kings, IoPPN.

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Dr Amit Bansal is a current Psychiatry trainee in North East London. He has a longstanding interests in the arts, information technology and science. The first project he worked on was a music website when he was 17 that received 30,000 hits per month. Since this time he has continued to get involved in projects that interest him and was described as leading a 'project that revolutionised systems' within the child and adolecent Psychiatry service where he was last working.


Dr Clara Belessiotis is a Psychiatry Trainee at East London Foundation Trust. She holds a BSc from UCL and a DTMPH from Charité Medical School in Berlin. She has worked at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry at Queen Mary University and as a research assistant in Zambia.  She worked on the 2017 PsychART conference and is currently co-leading the 2018 conference. She is interested in the arts in medical education, particularly in teaching communication and reflective skills. In her spare time she likes contemporary dance, spending time outside, and trying to learn German.


Dr Michelle Eskinazi CT2 Camden and Islington NHS trust


Dr Rachel Proctor Psychiatry Trainee London Trust


Dr Lucy Blake is a dual trainee in general adult and older adult psychiatry at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She has maintained a keen interest in the arts since completing a foundation diploma in art and design before embarking on a medical degree. As a trainee psychiatrist she has facilitated several workshops and talks on the historical and enduring connection of The Arts and psychiatry and has formed part of the committee for both “The Art of Psychiatry” and psychART organisations. Recent events have focussed on the role of the Arts in maintaining a clinician’s wellbeing which have included “The Creative Workshop and Wellbeing Series" and the psychART event in the 2018 Arts in Mind Festival at Kings, IoPPN.

 
 
 
Dr Mary Curran Psychiatry Trainee CT1 North East London Foundation Trust

megan

Dr Saffron Homayoun and Dr Megan Fisher are both Child and Adolescent psychiatry trainees. During their ST4 year at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), they started psychArt after being awarded money from RCPsych and HEEngland to increase recruitment into psychiatry from foundation years.

psychArt originally stemmed from their passion for the arts. Knowing that there are strong links between art and particularly psychiatry was one of the driving forces for them to apply for psychiatry as a career. They were surprised and excited that their interests in this area were actively encouraged during their training. They felt that this unique aspect of psychiatry was something that should be celebrated and widely advertised to foundation doctors as an incentive to choose to focus their career in this speciality. It was for these reasons that they applied for funding to allow for psychArt to be created.

psychArt in 2015 was a success with 68% of attendees to the conference saying that they were more likely to choose psychiatry as a speciality after attending. It has continued to grow from strength to strength with new and exciting projects year on year.

They have remained involved with the process throughout the years and continue to be encouraged and proud of its journey and impact.

Both have had varied and interesting careers so far. Currently Dr Saffron Homayoun, having almost completed her training at SLaM, is about to become a consultant. Dr Megan Fisher is currently a CAMHS ST5 at Tavistock and Portman NHS trust.

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Conference 2018

psychART 2018 Conference was on Friday 23rd November. For more info visit our event page clicking here

 

Please stay tuned for dates of upcoming events.

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