Art, Longing & Desire, Blue Monkey Network with Psychotherapy Sussex


Thursday, 18th July, 6.00pm – 8.00pm at 
Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ
Blue Monkey members FREE. Non-members £5

Blue Monkey Network member Mandy Wax takes the reins at our monthly event for July. A practicing psychotherapist and member of Psychotherapy Sussex, she has invited three Blue Monkey artists to speak about their work and its relationship to the concepts of longing, desire, and the unconscious. Mandy and the other Blue Monkey artists will be joined on the discussion panel by psychotherapist Jennifer Leeburn.

Nikki Davidson-Bowman. Nikki is a multi-media artist, whose practice explores stories around female identity and rites of passage, entrenched in personal experience.  Collecting, destroying and re-purposing, researching and cataloguing found materials such as books, letters, words and natural things, Nikki uses the obsessive process of making to allow ideas to invade and evolve.

Cat Ingrams.  During her Sculpture BA at Brighton (2003), and ever since, Cat has explored through small constructions and experimental printmaking her abiding obsessions of language, consciousness, inner experience, architecture and memory.

April Yasamee. April moved to East Sussex from London, where she was part of Acme artists studios.  She has worked and engaged within psychological well-being for extended periods: through arts workshops, with a homeless night shelter and as a prison visitor with vulnerable inmates. 

Jennifer Leeburn is an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice in Lewes. She is a member of the Forum for Independent Psychotherapists and coordinates the Arts Forum of Psychotherapy Sussex, who are co-hosting this event with the Blue Monkey Network.

Mandy Wax, now based in East Sussex, is a conceptual and installation artist.  She creates surreal imagery and spatial environments that conjure subtle emotional states through the evocation of abstract, biographically informed, dream-like parallels.