Mad Pride: the arts project getting people to talk about mental health

During 2017 Mad Pride is delivering 40 workshops across the city before taking the art to the street on Sat 16 Sep for a fantastic, colourful Mad Pride Carnival.

The workshops, which have been running throughout the year and conclude in September, have covered everything from puppetry and zine making to sculpture, costumes, performance, textiles and screen printing.

The aim of the workshops is to create and build beautiful, vibrant objects that will all feature in the carnival celebrations. The process of making these objects has brought community groups and artists together, encouraging solidarity and celebration when it comes to mental health.

Ella Dorton, one of the organisers behind the project, said: “We want to talk about how mad our world really is, about all the inequality and injustice, greed and violence, and how all this madness so often makes us unwell.

We want to challenge the tyranny of normality, and to celebrate diversity and difference.

We want to bring people together so we can help one another better navigate all this madness and build together a more beautiful world.

The week running up to the carnival finale will be dedicated to performances and events aimed at increasing awareness and discussion about mental health. From a performance and poetry evening at the New Adelphi Club to a kindful eating workshop at art space Ground, there’s plenty to get you discussing and rethinking mental health.

Another highlight in this week is the screening of Crazywise (Fri 15 Sep). An official selection from Seattle International Film Festival 2017, the documentary compares the traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures with our own modern Western views on mental health, asking what we can learn from others around the world.

This week-long celebration culminates in the Mad Pride Carnival. The parade starts at 3pm and makes its way from Beverley Road to Pearson Park, where the carnival will unfold in all its glory, with art, music, performance and delicious food in Hull’s oldest park.

Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said: “Projects like this are invaluable in terms of health and well-being. Art, culture and creativity gets people talking and brings people together, which can have a tremendous impact on health within our society.

Mental health is something we need to be more open about and we need more dialogue.

What Mad Pride is doing this year is outstanding and I am delighted that we can support them as part of our Creative Communities Programme.

Book your free tickets for Mad Pride Carnival and the film screening of Crazywise now.

Mad Pride Week: 11-16 September

Performance & poetry evening
Mon 11 Sep, 7pm-9.30pm (Free)
The New Adelphi Club, De Grey Street

Inside-out open art space
Tue 12 Sep, 5pm-7pm (Free)
Ground Gallery, Beverley Road

Kindful eating workshop
Tue 12 Sep, 2.30pm (Free)
Ground Gallery, Beverley Road

Secular meditation workshop
Wed 13 Sep, 8pm-10pm (Free)
Ground Gallery, Beverley Road

Foraging workshop: herbs and plants for brain and body
Thu 14 Sep, 2pm-4pm (Free)
Meet at the intersection between Dunvegan Road and East Carr Road, North Sutton, HU8

Crazywise: film screening with Hull Independent Cinema
Thu 14 Sep, 7pm (Free, ticketed)
Fri 15 Sep, 7pm (Free, ticketed)
Artlink, Princes Avenue

Mad Pride parade and carnival
Sat 16 Sep, 3pm-7pm (Free, ticketed)
Beverley Road (Old Stepney Station) to Pearson Park