We are delighted to announce that ticket booking is now open for The Dust of Everyday Life, our annual symposium on the arts, mental health, stigma, and social justice, which will take place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, on Wednesday 20 April.

Highlights of the Dust 2016 programme, announced today, will include:

– Playwright Alan Bissett and psychiatrist Dr Peter Byrne discussing the life of Syd Barrett, the original Pink Floyd frontman and subject of Alan’s new play One Thinks of it All as a Dream.

– A session on documentary versus drama for addressing mental health, with Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch (on his feature directorial debut God Help the Girl), producer Sonja Henrici of the Scottish Documentary Institute, and award-winning filmmaker / visual artist Ruth Paxton.

– An opening address by Duglas T Stewart of BMX Bandits

– A session on the impact of architecture on mental health, in partnership with the Festival of Architecture, with architects Andy Law (of Reiach and Hall), and Richard Murphy, and Angus Farquhar of NVA (creators of the Hidden Gardens and Hinterland).

– A session exploring the National Theatre of Scotland’s Eve/Adam project, with Cora Bissett, Jo Clifford and Vic Valentine of the Scottish Transgender Alliance.

– The world premiere of Walk a Mile in My Shoes, a new film about Chris Young’s project to end mental health stigma one conversation at a time.

Dust 2016 will also include sessions on children and mental health, visual art, truth vs fiction in film, and ten years of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. The symposium will be introduced by Janet Archer, CEO of Creative Scotland.

Programmed by the Mental Health Foundation and See Me, The Dust of Everyday Life brings together people from the health sector and the arts sector to share ideas – and to help shape the programming of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, now in its tenth year. The event is free but tickets must be booked in advance.

You can book tickets and see the full programme here.

Tickets for last year’s event were all claimed within 48 hours so book now if you want to come!