By Sharon Kavhu
Harare - Well known for her prowess in playing the acoustic guitar, Zimbabwean guitarist, songwriter and singer, Tariro Negitare has taken her artistic career to another level.
Born as Tariro Ruzvidzo, the diva is representing the whole of Africa at the Global Arts in Mind Conference, which is running from June 4 to 10 in London.
Tariro Negitare is showcasing her diversified talents in the arts at the conference themed: ‘Understanding mental health, the mind, the brain through arts’.
In an interview on her way to the UK, Tariro Negitare told The Southern Times that she is going to do an exhibition on creative hub, a solo live performance and speak on several panel discussions.
“It is exciting to be part of the Arts in Mind Festival. I am also looking forward to learning from other collaborative projects as well as presenting our own project, which I have been doing with Dr Melanie Abas from Kings College,” said Tariro Negitare.
“My personal objective is to see the best practices from around the world on arts and mental health collaborations as well as get support for our project. It is a new field for me, which I literally bumped into.
It has changed the way I view everything and everyone around me.”
She said the development was a blessing as it enabled her to merge her academic skills and passion.
The songbird is representing Zimbabwe on ‘Creative Arts Hub’, an exhibition that showcases different artistic ways that can be used to engage young people on various topics.
“Creative Arts Hub allows creative expression. The exhibition contributes in improving the well-being of people with mental disorder and facilitates a better understanding of mental health because once one learns how to be creative they become creative in their daily living and about their situations,” said Tariro Negitare.
The conference also includes exhibitions on ‘Exploring the effects of frontal lobe brain damage’ by Maudsley Long Gallery; ‘Weaving a new story and talking heads’ by MRC Social, Generic Development Psychiatry and ‘Mobile eye tracking as a tool to explore the artistic mind’ by Social, Generic Development Psychiatry centre and ‘It is normal to be psychiatric’ by Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (loPPN) among several others.
Arts in Mind is a week-long festival celebrating innovative collaborations between researchers at IoPPN and the creative and cultural sector.
According to London’s Kings College, the event showcases work that explores new ways to improve the wellbeing and facilitate a better understanding of mental health, the brain and the mind.
The festival features over 30 exhibitions, performances, screening and workshops on topics as diverse as psychological wellbeing in pregnancy to music and images as mood enhancers.