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The Art of Creativity

Season 2, Ep. 6

Is there a link between mental health and creativity? Do artists have to ‘suffer for their art’?

In this episode, we challenge the myth of the 'tortured artist'. Hear artists, curators and health professionals discuss the role creativity can play in promoting well-being.

The podcast features Shadi Al-Atallah, Alistair Gentry, Carol Jacobi, Benji Jeffrey and Victoria Tischler. It is presented by Billy Childish.

The Art of Creativity is a Boom Shakalaka production for Tate, produced by Arlie Adlington.

Discover how Van Gogh’s mental illness has affected the way people view his art. Visit The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain, 27 March – 11 August 2019.​

Photo: ​​© Rikard Österlund

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