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Brain Storms: Creativity and Mental Health


Join a panel of artists - including photographer Daniel Regan and composer and multidisciplinary storyteller Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe - as they discuss various approaches and responsibilities when crafting creative depictions of mental health.


Cultural depictions of mental health can fail to grasp the complexities of its felt experience. Photographer Daniel Regan has used his art to explore this issue that is at once ordinary and obscure. Whether implicitly or explicitly, his recent work innovatively engages with the reality of complex mental health experiences.

With host Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe, the panel will discuss the mechanics of representing the lived experience of mental health challenges and creating depictions that are authentic and relatable, yet free from stereotype or reduction.

This will be an expansive discussion about the ways in which art can be used to explore and better understand the nuances of mental health.

Illustration by Megan Herbert.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and UNSW as part of The Big Anxiety




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The Big Anxiety

The Big Anxiety festival is the largest mental health and arts festival in the world, and promotes mental health and wellbeing through exciting arts projects that combine science and creativity. The 2022 festival will be held in October in Melbourne. 


The Big Anxiety


Please note: Meg Mason will no longer be appearing at this event.

Daniel Regan

Daniel Regan is a UK based photographic artist exploring complex emotional experiences, focusing on the transformational impact of arts on mental health, building on his own lived experience. His work focuses on themes of wellbeing and brokers dialogue around often taboo topics. He shoots commission... Read more

Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe

Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe is a Rwandan-British composer and multidisciplinary storyteller and broadcaster working between Narrm/Melbourne, and Rwanda. Multiple forms of synaesthesia add a neurodiverse dimension to Stephanie’s identity as a third culture individual. Stéphanie’s research-b... Read more


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