Creative mental health magazine, HeadSpace in collaboration with the Imporphans would like to invite you to the launch of its third issue at White Lady Art, 14 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, on Friday 25th July 2014 at 7.00pm with readings from contributors on the night and performance by comedy improvisation group, The Imporphans.
The launch of HeadSpace 3 will take place in the exciting contemporary art gallery White Lady Art, currently hosting the “Mindfullmess” exhibition by artist Kevin Bohan and friends. The launch is a free event.
This issue, which is supported by the Rehab Group Visual and Performing Arts Fund, features a selection of art, poems, fiction, and memoir, all based on a broad interpretation of mental health, from contributors across the country and internationally. HeadSpace is a nonprofit magazine, with the majority of our print copies distributed free of charge to hospitals and support groups across Ireland and in the UK.
THE IMPRORPHANS are a mixed group of new and veteran improvisers who share a love for the challenge that improv shows create and a drive to merge the familiar with the unexpected. The group were born out of a desire to bring something new to Dublin’s now thriving improv scene – some are old veterans, others are recent rookies. Together they bring a mixture of experience and freshness which they inject into each of their shows with the added dollop of audience participation (as much or as little participation as the audience wants). One of the cofounders, Chris, is a veteran of 14years improvising in both long, short and musical improv and facilitates some of the workshops, Having battled with his own issues in the past he is proud to be part of the HeadSpace launch next week. His co-founder, Ben, started performing comedy improv as he approached his 30th birthday (early for a mid life crisis). Now with 9 years experience he has performed stand up, long form, shortform and musical improv as well as being a talented actor. This show, a collaboration betwen “The Imps” and HeadSpace, promises to be a unique event and he is pleased and excited to be part of it.
The name HeadSpace was motivated by the idea that in culture and society, we are not given the time or capacity to express, create and think as time is money, but all of us need to buy some ‘headspace’ in order to maintain positive mental health. The magazine, now in issue three has been an astonishing success, as the editor, Naomi Elster says;
‘We founded this magazine in early 2013 with no resources, no contacts, or even any experience behind us, because having had to spend time recovering from physical as well as mental illnesses, we knew how stressful hospitals can be, and how any illness makes you feel isolated. Two years later and hundreds upon hundreds of people have engaged with the magazine. The talent inside the covers of all three issues is breath-taking, and the magazine is provided free to almost 30 hospitals across Ireland and in the UK. It’s been a steep learning curve and hasn’t always been an easy journey to bring HeadSpace this far, but we are continually humbled by the goodwill towards the project. Every time we get a message telling us that the magazine inspired someone, or helped them through a difficult time, we know it’s all been worth it, and that HeadSpace must continue.’
With this in mind, The HeadSpace team, formally invites you to the launch of issue three, which promises to be a truly exciting and memorable event. Check our facebook page for event detailsand for tasters of the brilliance to come in HeadSpace 3.