PROGRAMME | Head and Heart: Arts and Mental Health Festival 2021

Friday 11 Jun 2021 - 5:30pm to Sunday 13 Jun 2021 - 12:30pm

Join Reimagine Remake Replay for this youth-led, three-day online festival exploring mental health and the role that art and museums can play in our well-being.

After a hugely successful 2020 run, the Head and Heart festival is back! Participants in our Reimagine, Remake, Replay project have put together an array of talks, workshops and panels exploring supporting mental health through creativity. This online, youth-led festival features expert facilitators, heritage guests and creatives and is completely free to attend.


Sign up to attend via Eventbrite. Places are limited, so don’t miss out!

Check out the full festival programme below.



Inside Your Brain with Stevo and Soso

Join artist and art therapist Stephen Millar, and RRR participant and writer Sorcha Ní Cheallaigh for candid chats and coffee on the future of arts in the system of mental health recovery.

Drawing on their shared experience of coordinating the first Head and Heart festival, Inside your Brain will cover everything on Stevo and Soso’s minds regarding mental health in Northern Ireland.

Date: Friday 11 June, 5:30-6:30pm

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Mindful Drawing with the Arts and Well-Being Gang

Come along and hear about RRR’s Arts and Well-being group, which grew out of our first Head and Heart Festival, from two core participants Natalie Cole and Rosie Oliver.

We will do some mindful drawing activities led by trainee art psychotherapist Lisa Kelly and explore how we can silence our inner critic and enhance our self-compassion. No drawing skills required!

Date: Friday 11 June, 7pm-8pm

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What a Soda Bread: Cook-A-Long!

Explore the links between what we eat and our mental health with Dr Claire McEvoy from the centre of public health at Queen’s University Belfast.

Then join us virtually at the Ulster Folk Museum, where interpreter and baker extraordinaire Claire Brown will teach us her age-old recipe for perfect soda bread, discussing all things food and well-being with Rebecca-Jane McMonagle. Talk about brain food!

Date: Saturday 12 June, 11am-12pm

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Comment on This Thread: Reimagine, Remake, Replay in Conversation with Lucinda Graham

Join us for this open and honest artist interview with Northern Ireland based designer Lucinda Graham and RRR participants Molly Martin, Rosie Oliver and Georgia Crutchley.

We’ll hear them speak on topics from social media to fashion to life in Northern Ireland and how these all influence our mental health.

Date: Saturday 12 June, 12:30-1:30pm

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The World Without Music Would B-Flat

A panel and Q&A with talented stakeholders in the music industry discussing how music and mental health are interlinked. Explore how music can be an escape and a channel to express your emotions! Hosted by Constance Keane, AKA Fears.

Date: Saturday 12 June, 2pm-3pm

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Heart Space Yoga – Relax, Rejuvenate and Restore

Step out of a busy world and learn the power of relaxation to restore mind and body with our Mindful Yoga session, led by Roisin from the Tower Museum, Derry-Londonderry.

This class will be taught at a beginner level and will introduce participants to basic yoga poses through gentle stretching and meditative exercises focused on the breath. There will also be an opportunity to mindfully engage with a key artwork from the Tower Museum art collection.

Please wear comfortable clothes and have a mat ready to use during the session.

Date: Sunday 13 June, 11am-12pm

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Write in the Feels – Journaling Workshop

A journaling journey through photography and written word with Catherine Scott from Fermanagh Museum and art practitioner Joanne Boal.

Catherine will present on the museum’s creation of reminiscence walks as a result of the pandemic, and the evoking of feelings and memories through the collection of historic personal photographs.

Joanne, with 30 years of experience using journaling for her own mental health, and 10 years’ experience using art journaling with cancer patients, will share with us her own story and guide us through some art journaling.

Date: Sunday 13 June, 12:30pm-1:30pm

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