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.