Are creativity and madness interlinked?

Dr Anna Jamieson

Throughout history, the myriad forms of art have revealed much about the lived experience of those with mental health issues and, it can be key to helping us better understand the relationship between mental health and creativity.

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What do you conjure when you think of representations of madness? Are there cultural stereotypes your mind immediately leaps to? And what if the subject is a woman? What stereotypes abound then?

The cultural history of madness and its representations is messy, slippery and complicated, but art can be a vital access point that helps us to understand the rich tapestry of both the male and female experience of mental illness. Art, in its many forms, can shift our perception, shedding the stereotypes that have long-plagued our understanding of how those with mental health conditions really lived and experienced the world.

Interdisciplinary art historian Dr Anna Jamieson, specialises in visual and material cultures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In her Garden Talk, she examines some of the intersections between art and life. So join Anna as she explores how art reveals so much about the lived experience of those with mental health issues and, in turn, helps us to understand more about the relationship between mental health and creativity.

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50 minutes

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Creativity Unlocked

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Dr Anna Jamieson

Anna Jamieson is an interdisciplinary art historian specialising in visual and material cultures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, with a particular interest in the cultural history of women’s mental illness.

Creativity Unlocked Collection

Human ingenuity and inventiveness has continually moved our world forward. From beautiful art works to works of literature, space shuttles to scientific leaps forward, at the heart of progress and change is a spark of creativity.

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