Hysteria – After Affects

A P/SY Symposium produced in collaboration with RE:CREATE Psychiatry

Sunday 22nd April, 10.45 – 17.30, The Anatomy Museum and Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand Campus

Brexit Means Brexit_Image for publicity

A day long Symposium to conclude PS/Y’s combined arts programme Hysteria, and as climax to RE:CREATE Psychiatry’s Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed’ series of events.

Taking as a starting point the themes that have emerged throughout the Hysteria programme (2017-18), this symposium reflects upon the collaborations that evolve between artists, medical, psychiatric and mental-health professionals and those with lived experience of mental ill-health. The day-long event will address the relationship between hysteria and contemporary art practice, and re-evaluate the place of artistic and scientific collaborations within mental health services and contemporary society.

The Symposium will conclude with a special ShrinkRadio plenary, enmeshing the learning garnered over the course of PS/Y’s Hysteria programme with that gained from ‘Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed’, a series of RE:CREATE Psychiatry events presented at The Dragon Café throughout March 2018.

Speakers include: PS/Y collaborators Dr Stephanie Courtade (psychiatrist) and Jocelyn Pook (artist and composer); Dr Errol Francis (PS/Y director); Dr Dominik Havsteen-Franklin (Consultant in Arts Psychotherapies, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust); Mette Kjærgaard Præst (curator PS/Y and Hysteria programme); Prof Sashi Sashidaran (consultant psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health Rights, Glasgow); Prof Victoria Tischler (Professor of Arts and Health, Head of the Dementia Care Centre, University of West London), RE:CREATE Psychiatry, and The Dragon Café Singers.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here

Tickets are £10.00. PS/Y are kindly offering RE:CREATE Psychiatry members and Dragon Café patrons a £5.00 discounted rate. Before completing check out in Eventbrite, please click ‘Enter Promotional Code’ and type the code ‘DRAGON’.

The Symposium will be held at The Anatomy Museum and Lecture Theatre at King’s College London, Strand Campus on Sunday 22nd April from 10.45 to 17.30. Directions available here.



PS/Y’s Hysteria is a combined arts programme that explores health and illness in contemporary society, focusing on issues of gender, race and cultural identity. Hysteria is curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst and takes place in partnership with organisations and institutions across London from August 2017 until April 2018.

PS/Y is a research, curating and public engagement group exploring the interface of arts and health sciences. PS/Y develops interdisciplinary projects and dialogue with artists, scientists, arts organisations, academic institutions and communities. PS/Y aims to create new creative insights to engage diverse audiences for an interdisciplinary arts practice that explores the relationship between mind and body in Western culture. PS/Y has previously been involved in delivering Anxiety, London, 2014 and Acting Out, Nottingham, 2015.

Image: Farah Saleh, Brexit means Brexit! (2018). Commissioned by PS/Y for Hysteria. Photo by Anne Tetzlaff.