The Arts - Exhibitions and Events

Thursday 8th August

Mainspring Arts presents - Springboard - a friendly performance night celebrating and supporting neurodiveristy in the arts. Read more about Mainspring Arts

Now until the end of August

“Two ADHD-inspired work "A Tension To Detail" and "Attention Seeker" by comedian Gerard Harris, are currently on tour until August 2019 at various venues throughout UK. Both have been written in response to Harris’ ADHD diagnosis how it impacts upon his life & work and vice versa. For more information visit his website and facebook page.”

Now until Sunday 8thSeptember : Exhibition at the British library on Leonardo Da Vinci titled Mind in Motion

Did Leonardo Da Vinci have ADHD? - Paper written by King’s Neuroscientists, which speculates that he might have had ADHD.

September-November#MagicCarpet in Manchester (more details soon).  

September: Art after Dark part II Singapore at Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore. More explorations by Kai using EEG devices on what happiness could mean in the contexts of the tumultuous world today and the paradisal island of Singapore. Kai with Philip Tan and Professor Guan Cuntai and PhD researcher Mane Ravikiran of Nanyang Technological University’s School of Computer Science and Engineering


Past Events


June 25:  Kai is an invited artist to Plymouth College of Artto give new talk and run 1-day workshop for all academic and non-academic staff on neurodiversity. 

June 22:Provocation on neurodiversity by Kai as part of ‘Curating Borderless Spaces’: a half day of conversations at the Live Art Development Agency curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa. 

June 19: Drawing from #MagicCarpet on cover of BJPsych. Published by Cambridge University Press since 1853 on behalf of The Royal College of Psychiatrists, it is one of the world’s leading psychiatric journals and read by all registered psychiatrists in the UK.

June 2019: Psychiageographies [detournement] [exquisite corpse] [parenthesis], a drawing by Dr Kai Syng Tan, will grace the cover of the British Journal of Psychiatry (Cambridge University Press).

May 20-25: #MagicCarpet at Birkbeck Arts Festival. With literary scholar Dr Sophie Jones and curator Alessandra Cianetti. Week-long exhibition plus May 21discussion Too Much / Not Enough: Neurodiversity and Cultural production. Book free tickets here! 

May 9, July: Invited curator, Mental Health Activism and Clinical Practice Workshops. Co-curator: Wellcome ISSF Research Fellow in philosophy and psychiatry Dr Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed. Birkbeck, University of London. Guests include Reader in Forensic Psychiatry, University of London, Professor Annie Bartlett, and artist /mad activist Dolly Sen and Dr Norman Poole, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist & Editor of BJPsych Bulletin.

Until 10 April 2019, London: Art exhibition Making Mind Wandering Visible  by Dr. Kai Syng Tan. Make a drawing and earn a badge!

April 5-6 2019: #MagicCarpet at 4th National Conference SOS Dyslexia, at the invitation of Professor Antonella Gagliano of Messina University and Professor Giacomo Stella, the Director of Scientific Committee of the Conference.

14 March 2019: At the invitation of Professor of Social Pharmacy Kath Ryan at Reading University, Professor Philip Asherson and Kai will give a talk on #MagicCarpet.

28 March Thursday 17:00-19:00: Curator, chair of chat on making and thinking across disciplines with psychotherapist-artist Dr Patricia Townsend at the launch of her new book and art exhibition.

28 March: Image of #MagicCarpet and artist statement in Representing the Medical Body. Science Museum. London.

2018 December-March 2019: Artist-in-Residency award. Centre for Contemporary Art, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Art After Dark event with performance using EEG devices on what happiness could mean in the contexts of the tumultuous world today and the paradisal island of Singapore. Kai with Philip Tan and Singapore artists, as well as Professor Guan Cuntai and PhD researcher Mane Ravikiran from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Computer Science and Engineering. Part of Singapore Art Week.

Until 15 December 2018, London: Art exhibition King’s Artists: New Thinking, New Making including #MagicCarpet by Dr. Kai Syng Tan.

6 December 2018, London: Art+Science Creative Collisions programme. 14:30-16:30, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, 16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF.All welcome!

4 December 2018, London: Open Mic event Brisk/Risks by Dr. Kai Syng Tan as part of King’s Artists: New Thinking, New Making

23 November 2018, London: PsychART 2018 Conference. Highlights this year includes presentations by Stephen Fry and Kosetler. PsychART was founded by Psychiatry trainees in 2015 to highlight and celebrate the positive presence of creativity in psychiatry.

Until 22 November 2018, UK-wide: Acclaimed performance Declaration by Art With Heart, with ADHD Awareness Training.