A Beautiful Mind: Art,
Thought and Resilience

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organized by Institute Inartes and
The International Network of Expressive Arts Training


A beautiful house hosting heartful, beautiful minds.

Lapinlahti in Helsinki will be the site of the next Spring Symposium 2020. The first mental hospital in Finland was established in 1841. Its unique and also tragic history connected to the main figures of Finnish artistic heritage has its special atmosphere and a sense of the past. The place has experienced a rebirth offering nowadays working space and studios to therapists, artists, craftsmen, communities and health organisations. Lapinlahti is an oasis on the edge of the busy centre of Helsinki.

While we explore the arts we will also explore this wonderful building and its surroundings. Historical spaces of the hospital are part of our journey. The garden around us may surprise us with its plants and animals as well as its rocky coast and beach. We can walk by the sea or rest in the Venice-house above the water. The building and its present inhabitants are welcoming us and inviting us to journey into our expanding realms of art, thought and resilience.

Lapinlahti provides us with the restaurant, From Waste to Taste, cafes, a bakery, a mental health museum, art exhibitions, small shops and a flea market.


Exploring questions of a 


Art as a healer and environment as healing? How do we nurture subtle and creative minds through art-making? What is a mindful place for beautiful minds? How can a historic building and green surroundings enhance our well-being? What part does beauty play in all of this?


How can thoughtful reflecting on how art and theory intertwine in expressive arts nurture us and take the work forward? How might lectures by workshop leaders on topics close to their hearts inspire our inventiveness?


How can the healing power of the arts and imagination strengthen our resilience of mind, keeping us open to explore together. How do the expressive arts foster supportive environments?




Expressive arts educators and therapists from The International Network for Expressive Arts Training will lead experiential workshops searching the theme of a Beautiful mind: art, thought and resilience.

Workshops are led by

Markus Scott-Alexander (World Arts Organization, Edmonton, Canada) & 

Varvara Sidorova (Moscow State University of Psychology and Education)


Margareta Wärja (Expressive Arts Stockholm) & Beliz Demircioglu (Istanbul)


Hjørdis Mair (InArtes, Zürich) & Jacques Stitelmann (l’Atelier, Geneva)


Melinda Ashley Meyer (NIKUT, Oslo)  & Jose Miguel Calderon  (TAE Peru/Barcelona)


Margo Fuchs-Knill (EGS, Switzerland) and Kirsi Lybeck (Inartes, Finland) 

will offer poetry and art atelier.


Paolo Knill, co-founder of the network and founding rector of EGS, 

will be Honorary guest of Inartes 20th Anniversary



Community Art, Lectures, Networking, 
Excursion and socializing
In Lapinlahti there are places to rest and relax in between the workshops.



Start: Tuesday April 14th 2020. Welcome party at 6 pm.
End: Sunday April 19th 2020, at lunch time.

Place: Lapinlahti hospital, Lapinlahdenpolku 8, 00180 Helsinki, Finland (near city center).

Language: English.

Tuition fee: 690 € Early bird price: 620 € (before 31st January)

Dinner: 100 € (five days), part of the program

Lunch and breakfast on your own.


The hotel of our recommendation closest to Lapinlahti and with a reduced price for symposium participants is Holiday Inn Helsinki West – Ruoholahti. https://finland.holidayinn.com

There also lots of other alternatives in Helsinki city.

Institute Inartes Instituutti, Lapinlahdenpolku 8, 00180 Helsinki, Finland.
Tel. +358 40 187 2612 / Institute Inartes symposium@inartes.fi

Registration of Participation to the
Spring Symposium 2020 Tuesday, 
April 14th – Sunday, April 19th 2020

The total fee 690 €  + 100 € must be paid upon registration. If you register before January 31st, early bird discount will be 70 €

Refund in case of withdrawal until March 1st, with a reduction of 100 € for administrative costs. On later cancellation refunding only when another participant is provided

Institute Inartes, Lapinlahdenpolku 8 A, 00180 Finland 

Bank account IBAN: FI80 1745 3000 0028 83          


Bank transfer in € (euros)

Registration form and a copy of bank transfer to symposium@inartes.fi 

registration form also on the website: www.exasymposium2020.com

for more information contact:

Tel. +358 40 187 2612 / Institute Inartes symposium@inartes.fi