A panel of distinguished guests from mental health and cultural sectors, chaired by arts and health practitioner Errol Francis, will debate issues relating to the cultural significance of the barbershop, which in recent years has been the subject of increasing attention from artists, public health and social researchers.
It has also been the subject of mental health-related research, which has investigated whether the barbershop could be a therapeutic space.
Join us for this event which will probe these assumptions from the point of view of artistic, social, political and psychiatric discourses, which have increasingly focused on the barbershop as a space in which different interventions can be made as well as a space for performing different modes of masculinity.
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Dr Errol Francis
Dr Errol Francis is an artist, curator and former mental health activist. He was formerly head of arts at the Mental Health foundation and Director of the Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 and consultant to the Big Anxiety Festival, Sydney 2017. He is currently chief executive of Culture& and Director of the curatorial group PS/Y and visiting professor in arts and health at the University of London. Errol has co-curated the Duppy Conqueror and Barber’s Chair with Autograph ABP and will chair the event.
Rotimi Akinsete is a therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor with extensive experience in community and NHS counselling services. He is founder and director of Black Men on the Couch, a special interest project focusing on psychotherapy and identity politics of African and Caribbean men and boys.Read More
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Images, from top: Faisal Abdu-Allah, The Barber’s Chair, 2017. Commissioned by Autograph. Installation photograph by Ben Reeves. 2) Faisal Abdu’Allah, The Barber’s Clippers, 2017. Commissioned by Autograph. 3) Faisal Abdu’Allah, Duppy Conqueror, 2017. Jacquard tapestry.
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