Afro Art Lab’s Fadzai Mwakutuya, invites you to an online conversation with Professor Dixon Chibanda of the Friendship Bench.
The discussion will be centered on the idea that alternative practices and ways of thinking can contribute to our wellness and tackle mental health stigma, in Scotland’s communities both rural and urban, which are home to people of many different backgrounds and nationalities.
Fadzai is an artist living in the Scottish Highlands, who previously lived in the city of Edinburgh, and Dixon Chibanda is a psychiatrist and the founder and CEO of the Friendship Bench, living in Zimbabwe.
Professor Dixon Chibanda
Dixon is the founder and CEO of the Friendship Bench programme, a form of talk therapy based on principles of CBT, delivered by trained community grandmothers on wooden park benches across Zimbabwe and beyond. To date, over 350,000 people have received therapy from community grandmothers sitting on wooden park benches across Zimbabwe.
Fadzai Mwakutuya,‘ Fudge’,
Fadzai is a professional visual artist, and creative educator, working with imagery and messages that demonstrate inclusivity to re-imagine stories that inform our vibrant multicultural communities. Her art practice advocates for and is passionate about, promoting arts and culture in rural spaces especially for older artists, with ‘hospitality’ a key feature. Her educational creative practice, Afroartlab, embodies many themes and methodology that tackle intersectional barriers to inclusion.
Her artifact, Gogos Bench, submitted for the, Out of Sight, Out of Mind Exhibition, 2023, is a heartfelt iteration, after many years of following and admiring the work of the Friendship Bench project based in her country or origin, Zimbabwe.
Image: Ewan Bush