Performing Anxiety

About this Project

Performing Anxiety is a resource for people who want to make audience-facing or participatory arts projects about mental health.

It draws on interviews with over 30 people – writers, performers, directors, producers and programmers – across the UK, many of whom have done pioneering work in this field in recent years.

The resource includes a user-friendly good practice guide, and covers autobiographical work, participatory work, safer working environments, leadership, and more.

Performing Anxiety was created by the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and the Mental Health Foundation, with funding from the Baring Foundation. In addition to the content on this website, it is also available as a podcast and a 60-page printed publication.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who shared their experiences and wisdom with us, and to the Baring Foundation for their support.

Performing Anxiety was supported with funding from the Baring Foundation.

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