Healing Arts London 1

A global COVID-19 response through the arts - specifically to address the growing mental health crisis. Activated as part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Solidarity Series of Events.

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Ragnar Kjartansson, Figures in Landscape (Friday),
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22 March - 2 July 2021

Schedule of events

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Auctions Program Launch

11 – 24 Nov 2020

Healing Arts Charity Auction


Magnetism by Ahmed Mater realized a price of $120,000, braking the artist’s record at auction. This sale marked the launch of our 14 month cultural call-to-action to support a global COVID-19 response through the arts; specifically to address the growing mental health crisis and the applied use of art in a healthcare context.

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Day one

Day 1

Mon 4pm GMT, 22 Mar 2021

Frame of Mind

A Conversation about Art and Healing

Film, TV and Theatre actress, Gillian Anderson, in conversation with Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health Lead, WHO; with special guests Sir Antony Gormley, Artist, and Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO

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Day 2

Tues 4:45pm GMT, 23 Mar 2021

Artists’ House Calls

Videos of Creation in Confinement

Hosted by Ben Luke (The Art Newspaper Podcast) with William Kentridge & Phala Phala (The Center for the Less Good Idea), Ragnar Kjartansson, Susie Hamilton (Hospital Rooms), Hani Rashid (Asymptote Architecture) in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jonathan Aitken (Chaplain, Pentonville Prison) & Dan Brown.

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Day 4

Thurs 1pm, 25 Mar 2021

Healing Arts Charity Auction

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary London Sale

Dirk Boll, President of Christie’s, Europe, Middle East, Russia, India, introduces the Healing Arts section of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary London sale, featuring contemporary masters including Antony Gormley, William Kentridge, Martin Creed, Ragnar Kjartansson and Yoshitomo Nara.

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Day 5

Fri 4pm GMT, 26 Mar 2021

Artists on the Frontline

A Panel on Art's Role in Community Healing

Chaired by Anna Somers Cocks, Founder Editor, The Art Newspaper, with Dr Cara Courage, Head of Tate Exchange, Tate Museums; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin; and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah,Co-Founder, UK Black Pride.

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Artists Response Fund Launch

Tues 4:00pm GMT, 13 April 2021

The Future is Fragile, Handle with Care

Raising of Agnes Denes's Flag above Tate Britain will mark launch on The Future is Unwritten Artists Response Fund

The installation film is produced in collaboration with Vivo Barefoot and Special Global Projects.

Image copyright Agnes Denes, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects & Culturunners.

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Goals House @ G7

Tues 5:30pm – 6:30pm BST, 08 June 2021

Creativity on the Mind:

Leveraging the Arts to Re-imagine Healthcare

Virtual & In-Person Panel Discussion hosted by Fady Jameel, Vice Chairman of Community Jameel and Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health Lead at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Soho House, 180 Strand, London

Image: Ceramic installation at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, by Adam Nathaniel Furman, photo by Gareth Gardner

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Fri 2 July 2021

Healing Arts Charity Auction

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale

The July Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale at Christie's features donated by artwork by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló.

Image: Mr Samsa Bullfighting his Son, Miquel Barceló, Watercolour on paper 12 5/8 x 20in. (32.2 x 50.8cm.), 2019.

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Global City Activations: 2021-2022

Venice, Italy

In partnership with Ark Reimagined - the official selection of the Iraq pavilion in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale - Healing Arts Venice will explore the role of art in community healing and rehabilitation after major conflicts and mass trauma.

Paris, France

To coincide with Christie's major photography sale in June, Healing Arts Paris will convene the art, health and policy world for high-level discussions on the role of culture in shaping a healthier society in the wake of Covid-19.


Aspen, USA

A focus on mental and environmental health will shape a city-wide activation in Aspen this Summer. Collaborations with a range of the Aspen institutions will shape a global discussion in the local context.

New York

New York, USA

Healing Arts New York will be a city-wide activation during this years historic UN General Assembly. Cultural venues across the city will be invited to imagine a post-pandemic world prioritizing health, art and sustainability.


Houston, USA

With a focus on societal health, Healing Arts Houston will explore the integration of the Arts in Medical Care and Education to engage a cross-sectional representation of Houston’s arts and health community.

New Delhi

New Delhi, India

Healing Arts will travel to New Delhi in early 2022 with an immersive program designed to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and provide credible mental health resources in India.

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