NEWS SPRING 2021: I’m delighted to join the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Psychiatry Bulletin. I am the first artist to join the Board of 13 Editors, 22 Board members and 2 staff, who are practitioners and researchers in Psychiatry in UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand and Canada. . On 20 October 2021, I attended my first Board meeting. I’ve been asked to help shape content, especially with the new culture section, Cultural Reflections, and to help commission and identify reviewers and contributors. I want to create equitable ways to meaningfully include and collaborate with neurodivergent colleagues, and those who may not otherwise engage with Psychiatry, as well as to open up spaces to irritate the often binary set-ups of psychiatrist-patient, medical/deficit v social models of disability, illness/health. Contact me to get involved!

BJPsych Bulletin: The Bulletin (#BJPsych #BJPBulletin) is related to the ‘yellow journal’, the British Journal of Psychiatry (@TheBJPsych), which was established in 1853. Both are published monthly by Cambridge University Press (@CambUP_Psych) for The Royal College of Psychiatrists (@rcpsych). BJPsych Bulletin began in 1977 as the Bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Bulletin states that it:

  • prioritises research, opinion and informed reflection on the state of psychiatry, management of psychiatric services, and education and training in psychiatry. It provides essential reading and practical value to psychiatrists and anyone involved in the management and provision of mental healthcare.
  • BJPsych Bulletin is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. There are no submission or publication charges to authors.
  • In addition to original papers, editorials and commentaries, the journal welcomes debate via the lively correspondence column and includes book reviews, obituaries and interviews.
  • The popular Against the Stream series challenges conventional wisdom on controversial issues, stimulating discussion (to publish, please contact the journal via BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk).
  • The print version is sent to all members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which includes most psychiatrists working in the UK.
  • Both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Cambridge University Press are not-for-profit organisations, committed to fulfilling their respective objectives of securing the best outcomes for people with mental illness, learning difficulties and developmental disorders and advancing learning, knowledge and research worldwide.
  • BJPsych Bulletin can receive revenue through print only individual and institutional subscriptions; advertising, and rights and permissions.
  • 2020 usage: Total Full-Text Downloads: 938,753. Total Abstract Views: 703,098. Total Altmetric mentions: 21,537. 2020 CiteScore: CiteScore: 2.8. Number of citations 2016-2020: 620. Number of documents 2016-2020: 218. 221 out of 502 in Psychiatry and Mental Health category.

INTERDISCIPLINARY PRODUCTIVE ANTAGONISMS: I love the productive antagonisms that arise when art + artistic research run into other discipline/species. I first infiltrated the world of Psychiatry as a King’s Artist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience with my #MagicCarpet (2017-9, Unlimited + King’s College London commission). An image from this body of work (above) previously graced the cover of BJPsych (September 2019). I’ve since enjoyed exploring the art+psychiatry nexus through my creative and consultancy work. This include as Creative and Cultural Consultant with professional mental health body UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) and advisor for PsychArt (led by trainee psychiatrists). My work as editorial board member for BJPsych will draw on my involvement is as founder and co-chair of Neurodiversity In/& Creative Research Network (290-member international community of HEI academics and creatives) and neurodiversity advisor (recently through keynote presentationss as CPD units for 14th International Conference on ADHD for 870 Europe-based mental health specialists in May 2021, and 186 for Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education 20th Anniversary conference in June 2021). Such efforts join in that by other artists, researchers and more, to help counter the objectification of art in academia, the sciences (social, psych-) and the burgeoning arts-health, and to temper the medical model, but also interrogate models that claim to be inclusive yet paradoxically serves to privilege certain voices and perpetuate structural biases.  

Above: Gallery sitter at my installation at the Attenborough Arts Centre looking at the BJPsych with my artwork on its cover. Psychia-geographies [détournement] [exquisite corpse] [parentheses] by Kai Syng Tan 2017 was published in British Journal of Psychiatry (September 2019 Volume 215 No. 3).