The Arts - Exhibitions and Events


  • 2020 January-March:#MagicCarpet: Of wandering and weaving, of digits and the digital, of craft and craftiness. A tapestry by Kai Syng Tan 2-month solo exhibition of #MagicCarpet at Manchester Craft & Design Centre (more details soon).
  • 2020 - 30 JANUARY: Exhibition + publication launch by Dr Kai Syng Tan. 5 MARCH: Discussion (with guests). Manchester: #MagicCarpet: Of wandering and weaving, of digits and the digital, of craft and craftiness. A tapestry by Kai Syng TanPublic View: 30 January 18:00-20:00 Seminar: 5 March 18:00-20:00  Exhibition start date/end date: 30/01/20 – 04/04/20: Exhibition: 10am - 17.30 Monday - Saturday. Location: Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak St Manchester M4 5JD. You’re invited to the award-winning art-science commission #MagicCarpet’s first solo exhibition in Manchester. Through a tapestry, film, badges and publication, this explores the notions of wandering (of the hyperactive mind and the restless body), weaving (of a tapestry; of ideas that clash and create new insights), digits (of the fingers that caress the tapestry), the digital (of iPad drawings; of Ada Lovelace’s computer programming; of the digital Jacquard loom), craft (on skills, on labour) and craftiness (of the place of the arts today). The panel discussion on 5/03 will be chaired by Kate Day with guest speakers. We will also launch a new publication, On Art, Neurodivesity & Giant Octopussies: Reflections on #MagicCarpetThis booklet documents my reflections of #MagicCarpet. It is my invitation for feedback, and participation for #MagicCarpet’s next adventures. With additional support by MMU’s Research in Arts & Humanities. 

  • 2020 - 03 FEBRUARY: Presentation by Dr Kai Syng Tan, Discussion & Launch. Reading: Launch of the Neurodiversity in HE research Network (title TBA). University of Reading. Invitation by Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice Dr Ranjita Dhital

  • 2020 - 17-19 MARCH, Lecture and Masterclass by Dr Kai Syng Tan, University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany: Invitation by Comorbid Conditions of ADHD (Coca), an EU Horizon 2020 funded project to study how ADHD relates to other conditions. Drawing on a recent project Sisterhood? (NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore 2019), I will explore with the neuroscientists, psychiatrists and psychologists around #ADHDwomen, and #ADHDart. 

  • 2020 - 27 MARCH: Lecture and Masterclass by Dr Kai Syng Tan, Edinburgh, Scotland: Invitation by Dr Linda O Keefe, Edinburgh College of Art. This new talk, entitled Ill-Disciplined: Creative, Neurodivergent Intervention and Leadership in Higher Education – A Manifesto, draws on my new book chapter (2019) in Beyond Borders? Articulations, provocations and performativities in Arts & Humanities research. Edited by Jacqueline Taylor et al (Birmingham City University, 2020/2021).

  • 2021 - APRIL 2021: Keynote lecture by Dr Kai Syng Tan, Health Service Research and Pharmacy Practice (HSRPP) conference, Reading University.


Past Events

  • October - Dr. David Oliver, Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London will mark the launch of Awkwoods with a low-fi relaxed rong table at Queen Mary University of London on Thursday 31 October
  • November - Wednesday 20 November -  LADA launch of Awkwoods
  • 20 November, Glasgow: The Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network holds their monthly meeting for members of the network. This is free and open to all neurodivergent artists who work in performance! Click here for more information. 

  • 26 November, London: Great Minds Think Different 2019: Celebrating Neurodiversity Everywhere. Exceptional Individuals wants to celebrate the skills and creativity of dyslexic and neurodiverse people everywhere. This includes Gabriela Eva (a dyslexic British singer and songwriter who has performed at Glastonbury), Chi Chi Izundu (award-winning journalist), Kaiya Stone (writer, filmmaker and performer) and Luke Poulton (autistic stand-up comedian). From local artists to renowned chefs, the annual event is about creating the space for performances, discussions and films that help to transform the conversation around neurodiversity. Click here to book free tickets. 

  • 2019 November: Wanderings and Meanderingsof the Mind and Body, a #MagicCarpet film poem by UKAAN Creative and Cultural Consultant Dr Kai Syng Tan in collaboration with UKAAN President Professor Philip Asherson, is an AHRC Research in Film Award finalist. Results announced in November at the British Film Institute, UK. The project has also been nominated for Sovereign Asian Art Award 2019, the largest and most established art prize in Asia Pacific


20 November, Glasgow: The Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network holds their monthly meeting for members of the network. This is free and open to all neurodivergent artists who work in performance! Click here for more information.

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.

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.