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UCL BRANCH
(RESEARCH) 
UCL CHANGEMAKERS X ARTSMH

The UCL ChangeMakers X ARTSMH Creative Research Programme is similar to the main ARTSMH creative groups. This programme runs from May-August (4 sessions), aims to understand how effective is the ARTSMH program in helping students maintain good mental wellbeing (in general: whether practicing art and self-reflection regularly in non-therapeutic settings could help maintain and obtain better mental health). Not only do we aim to measure the effectiveness of the programme, but we also aim to help UCL students better understand and experience the power of arts in creating and maintaining good mental well-being. Participants will be encouraged to reflect, explore and express in these sessions. Throughout this programme, 3 creative sessions will be held by each group (once per month). The main ARTSMH organisation will provide guidelines and assistance throughout the entire programme.

PROJECT LEAD (STAFF & STUDENT)
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DR. KERI WONG

SUPERVISOR & LEAD STAFF, UCL CHANGEMAKERS 

Assistant Professor (UCL)

Psychology & Human Development

Institute of Education (IOE)

PI, UCL-PENN Global Covid Study

Twitter: @DrKeriWong

Website: keriwong.com

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AIKO LEUNG

FOUNDER & CO-CHAIRMAN

Committee . Project Leader UCL Branch

University College London (UCL)

BSc Psychology with Education

BPS (Student Committee),

Chair-Elect/ Incoming Chair

LinkedIn: Aiko Leung

Website: aikoartdesign.com

PROJECT LEADERS
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RYAN LAU

CO-CHAIRMAN & TREASURER

Co-Founder. Committee .

Project Leader UCL Branch

University College London (UCL)

BSc Natural Sciences 

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TRISTA WU

SECRETARY & HEAD OF CREATIVE GROUP 

Co-Founder. Committee .

Project Leader UCL Branch

University College London (UCL)

BA Education Studies

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ANGUS CHUNG

RESEARCH OFFICER

Co-Founder . Committee .

Project Leader UCL Branch

University College London (UCL)

BSc Psychology

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HENRY WANG

CO- OPPORTUNITES & WELFARE OFFICER

Co-Founder. Committee .

Project Leader UCL Branch

University College London (UCL)

BSc Psychology with Education

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YUTONG CHENG

CO- OPPORTUNITES & WELFARE OFFICER

Co-Founder. Committee .

Project Leader UCL Branch

University College London (UCL)

MA Comparative Education

GROUP LEADERS. ASSISTANTS
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NARISSA SAMANI

DANCE GROUP LEADER

University College London

MSci Psychology

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SAMANTHA LAM

PAINTING/DRAWING GROUP LEADER

University College London

BA Education

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ALEXIA ALEXANDRESCU

PAINTING/DRAWING ASSISTANT

University College London

BSc Psychology

Art instagram : @alessascrapbook

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AUBREY MA

DANCE ASSISTANT

University College London

BA Education

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RANIA IMAN VIRJEE

MUSIC GROUP LEADER

University College London

MSci Medical Sciences and Engineering

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CHRISTINA XIE 

PAINTING/DRAWING ASSISTANT

University College London

BSc Psychology with Education 

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SOFIA HONG

DANCE ASSISTANT

University College London

BSc Psychology and Language Sciences

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WAI LAM LEUNG

MUSIC ASSISTANT

University College London

MSci Psychology

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GROUP LEADERS & ASSISTANTS' FEEDBACKS 

Here are some adjectives that our group leaders & assistants used to describe the project

refreshing, fun, exciting, relaxing, inspiring, happy, fulfilling, enjoying, sentimental
 

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“It was a very rewarding journey and thank you for involving us, it's a great project :)”

“[...] we would just like talk about whatever came to mind so that part was really nice because we actually could focus on conversation.”

“It just feels like a sense of fulfillment when we saw the participants waving very happily at the end our session.”

“It was very nice to see the final collaborative artwork come together. Participants are putting their ideas and sort of like putting their personality into it, and that was very exciting.” 

“ I learned a lot from others as they open your mind to new horizons. We all came from different backgrounds, we learnt a lot about new things and music and that was very, very nice. It is an interesting way to learn about someone without having them saying about their personality and what they do, like you can learn a lot from what they listen to and what they enjoy.”

“[...] we would just like talk about whatever came to mind so that part was really nice because we actually could focus on conversation.”

“ Very good to connect to people and meet new people, especially as a fellow at the end of the year when you know everyone’s located at everywhere. It's nice to be able to have that link with people from university and make this type of friendships [...] ”

“Sometimes it's just hard to say how you feel so sometimes like dancing it out it's just easier to express yourself, so I do think this can help yeah”

RESULTS (ART SESSIONS IMPACT ON SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS & MENTAL HEALTH)


 

ARTWORK (MUSIC) 

 

'Cassette Tape'
00:00 / 01:25
UCL ChangeMakers x ARTSMH - Music Group
Angus Chung: piano harmonies
Henry Haocheng Wang: rap vocal
Wai Lam Leung: main vocal, choir, backing
Rania Imãn Virjee: piano theme and drums 

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Our composition, "Cassette Tape", is a reflection of our feelings and emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main theme is nostalgia, remembering and reflecting on life pre-COVID. The piano theme and harmonies constitute the base of this piece with intermittent cassette tape sounds and background backing. Two musical forms of vocal delivery are represented here: singing and rapping, as diverse music mediums to reflect and express ourselves.
 

ARTWORK (PAINTING/DRAWING) 

 

ARTWORK (DANCE) 

 

UCL ChangeMakers x ARTSMH - Dance Group

The song used for this piece was “False Confidence” by Noah Kahan. It’s about confidence and we interpreted it as being open with our expressions. The choreography centred around that, and the dance focused on gesturing. We mainly used our hands instead of the entire body. 

We hope you’re able to see and feel how we aimed to be more expressive through our dance. Hope you enjoy it! 

Special thanks to the performers (Sofia, Chelsea, Geethana and Jenny), as well as our leader Narissa for choreographing!