Urban Mind – Arts in Mind Festival + -

Urban Mind – Arts in Mind Festival

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Denmark Hill Campus, London

Over three-and-a-half billion people, more than half the world’s population, live in urban areas. This number is rising fast in both developed and developing countries, and it is expected that 66% of the global population will live in cities by 2050. This ongoing urbanization has major implications for global mental health.

Urban Mind is an innovative smartphone app developed in a collaborative research project between arts foundation Nomad Projects, landscape architects J&L Gibbons and the IoPPN. The app encourages users to record and reflect on how their mental state is affected by their experience of city living.

You are invited to a presentation about the app, which will reflect on wider questions around urban planning, social policy around design and health as well as historical and cultural perspectives on the city and the mind.

The panellists are:

  • Johanna Gibbons, partner at J & L Gibbons, an award winning Landscape Architecture studio based in London
  • Neil Davidson,  partner at J & L Gibbons, an award winning Landscape Architecture studio based in London
  • Dr Andrea Mechelli, Reader of Early Intervention, Kings College London
  • Professor Matthew Beaumont, British novelist, author of ‘Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London’,  Professor of English and Co-Director of the Urban Laboratory at UCL
  • Michael Smythe, Creative Director of Nomad Projects, a contemporary arts production & commissioning agency.


This event is free but booking is essential.


Phytology 2018 + -


Saturday’s 11am – 5pm

26th May – 1st September 2018

Address: Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street, E2 9RR

Established in 2014, Phytology is an artist led project that explores the function and value of wildness within the urban ecosystem. Located within the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve in East London, Phytology is a medicinal garden and a cultural institute, providing a platform for collaborations between artists, scientists, and community groups.

For more information please visit – www.phytology.org.uk

Admission free

Urban Mind Published In BioScience + -

In January 2018 Urban Mind will be featured in BioScience, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

King’s College London, Landscape Architects J & L Gibbons and Nomad Projects have used smartphone-based technology to assess the relationship between exposure to nature and mental wellbeing.

We found that (i) being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birdsong, seeing the sky, and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing, and that (ii) the beneficial effects of nature were especially evident in those individuals with greater levels of impulsivity who are at greater risk of mental health issues.

The full article can be found here!


Urban Mind will launch a full-scale international study in March 2018. More details coming soon…