TIHR Festival Picks

TIHR Festival Picks

First in a series highlighting festival contributions.


17 July 2017

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First in a series highlighting festival contributions.

In this first in a series highlighting festival contributions the Festival Director selects workshops and events from across the different themes and explorations of the four-day programme starting with the symposium that will be at the heart of the festival.

In the Shadow & Light of the Archive: A Day Symposium

Through four different and thought provoking events the speakers and those attending the symposium will take part in a deep reflection on the meaning of the Tavistock Institute’s work and history.

  • Sites of Selection: Daniel Monninger and Alice White
  • Community Development and Organisational Change: Large scale industrial action research in the 1970s: Elliot Stern and Fiddy Abraham
  • Festival keynote – On being an orphan, an untold story: Eliat Aram
  • In the Shadow and Light of the Archive Poetry Plenary

When: Thurs 19th October 9.30am – 5pm
Where: Conway Hall
Book Directly here

Welcome to the What Works Wheel

Drawing on the experience of the Tavistock Institute, this interactive event led by TIHR’s Richard Allen and Georgie Parry-Crooke will create a debate between evaluators, commissioners and evaluation/evidence users. An invited panel will co-create the dialogue to illustrate some of the challenges associated with commissioning and carrying out evaluation.

When: Weds 18th October, 2pm – 3.30pm
Where: Swiss Church
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Customising TIHR Traditions: Dialogue Towards an International Symposium

Welcome to anyone who identifies with the schools of thought associated with TIHR Jean Neumann and Antonio Sama offer an opportunity to collectively reflect on: “How the TIHR traditions influence my practice of … in dealing with … and what and how I have customised for my particular situation or circumstance”.

When: Weds 18th Oct, 1.30pm – 3pm
Where: Garden Museum
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Uncanny Pleasure: All the Colour Nature Possesses

Be taken on a deep journey into the NOW of the festival with a workshop exploring the ecological, artistic and social through the playful possibilities of tinting 16mm motion picture film using dyes derived from organic plant material from The Garden Museum and beyond. Your films will be shown throughout the afternoon.

When: Tue 17th October, 2pm – 5pm
Where: Garden Museum
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Here is Where I am

In this walk and talk event Karen Izod will explore ‘place’ as a key aspect of working in the ‘here and now’. Places have the capacity to fill us with sensory experiences and stimulate encounters with our autobiographical and procedural memories. As part of this exploration there will be an opportunity to connect with the originating location of The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology at its Tavistock Square Clinic and to encounter shifts in place and perception brought about by nearly a century of change.

When: Weds 18th October, 10.30am – 1pm
Where: Meeting Place – Tavistock Square Gardens
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Living Archive Conversations

Drop in for a conversation with Jean Reed and colleagues from the Grubb Institute for an informal conversation group about the earlier years of the Tavistock Institute and its interaction with and impact on ‘partner’ organisations and to contribute your own memories and reflections. Our shared lived experiences may add important additional material to the Archive, and call to memory where we have travelled from, which may throw new light on where we are today.

When: Tues 17th & Fri 20th , 3pm – 5pm
Where: Swiss Church
Book Tuesday or Friday

TIHR & Tavistock Clinic – Historical Reflections & Thoughts of the Future

Join an evening exploration of the hopes, fears and prospects for the future of the broader Tavistock enterprise. This will be a panel discussion of three people who have had long associations with both the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust – David Armstrong, Michael Rustin and Anton Obholzer. The panel will be moderated by Susanna Rustin, journalist at The Guardian.

When: Weds 18th October, 7.30pm – 9pm
Where: Swiss Church
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Acting in the Here & Then: The Theatre of Working Together, 2017-2087

Drawing on practices fundamental to many actors, directors, and crew in the work of creating live theatre work this active, experiential, and (above all) playful exploration, facilitators and participants will co-investigate an experience of creative engagement with the potential for the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations’ work over the next 70 years.

When: Fri 20th October, 2pm – 5pm.
Where: Garden Museum
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We are really looking forward to seeing you there.  Watch this space for further festival highlights and updates.

Juliet Scott, Festival Director

The festival will take place from Tuesday 17th October to Friday 20th October 2017.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our partners in this work: Canterbury Christ Church University Business School and Wellcome Library. We are also grateful for the generous sponsorship of SAGE and Wedlake Bell, and a contribution to the festival from the legacy of Group Relations in the Netherlands.

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