The next conference in collaboration with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory will be Henry V on 22nd September 2018 (Please note the new date) - please check back here soon for further details and booking information.
Annual Clinical Conference
Beating the Bounds with Robin Anderson and Lisa Miller
Saturday 12th May 2018
Piano Concert Fundraiser with Charlie Woof-Byrne and Teresa de la Escalera Calderón
7th June 2017 Trinity Henleaze, BS9 4BT
This fabulous event raised over £500 for Bridge Foundation free services and was extremely well received. Massive thanks to our two extremely talented young pianists.
'This was the best concert I've been to at Trinity Henleaze'
Clinical Conference: Fear
Saturday 20th May 2017, The Watershed Bristol
With Jonathan Bradley and Kate Pugh
Migration and Loss - 28th January 2017
With David Morgan and JJ Bola
This popular conference sold out
'A powerfully thought provoking and moving talk'
Clinical Conference: Shame and Shamelessness 7th May 2016
With Margaret Rustin and Sue Gottlieb
'I just wanted to say what an excellent conference it was, on Saturday. I thought both speakers were quite exceptional.'
Arts Conference: Hamlet on Saturday 12th March 2016
With Ron Britton and Andrew Hilton. A fabulous conference continuing our successful partnership with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory
Our 6th June 2015 clinical conference 'The Hazards of Mania' with Edna O'Shaughnessy and Natasha Harvey was a resounding success with over 90 people in attendance.
'Thank you so much to the Bridge Foundation for putting on these wonderful events' Conference attendee
Our annual arts conference in collaboration with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory was a resounding success again this year. Held on Saturday 14th March 2015 with Margot Waddell, and guest director of Romeo and Juliet, Polina Kalinina it was universally enjoyed. Some comments:
'Absolutely fantastic - the best conference I've been to in years'
'Your Romeo and Juliet conference was superb - in both halves... Many many thanks for a stimulating morning'
Our latest Bob Gosling Memorial Conference took place on Saturday 29th November 2014 and was on the thought provoking topic of 'Facing Climate Change'. Sally Weintrobe and Paul Hoggett presented and their was lots of lively debate which created a great atmosphere.
Our annual Clinical Conference in June 2014 brought together Dr Carine Minne and Kate Barrows to present on Loss and Peversity. These conferences are always attended by many professionals who enjoy the stimulating topics (and the CPD certificate!)
March 2014 saw our “As You Like It” - arts conference in collaboration with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Speakers were Jonathan Lear, Michael Parsons and Andrew Hilton. This conference has a loyal following and is enjoyed by many every year. For the first time we were able to obtain some sponsorship for the conference - a generous donation from Rathbones Wealth Investment Management. Profits from all conferences contribute to our free services.
Our annual Clinical Conference took place on Saturday May
11th 2013 - Understanding Chronic Pain: The Contribution of
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to Pain Management Services
It was incredibly well received and brought together people from many different disciplines.
Some praise for the 'Understanding Chronic Pain' conference:
'Thank you for organising such a terrific conference on Saturday. Both papers were so interesting, clear and thoughtful. Shirley Hiscock's paper was so thought provoking and Gail Walker`s paper was very moving'
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Bristol
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Bristol
Please find below a link to the company that provided the bookstall for the event.
This features the recommended titles at a discounted price:
The Bridge Foundation runs a regular series of public conferences and other events. These link psychoanalytic theory and practice with the arts and society, and provide a forum for reflection and discussion of clinical issues.
The annual Clinical Conference explores issues and topics central to psychoanalytic practice. The subject of the 2011 event was “Omnipotence”, and brought together the psychoanalyst Denis Flynn and the child and adolescent psychotherapist, Catrin Bradley. Previous speakers have included the consultant psychotherapist Margaret Rustin on “Good objects and their vicissitudes”, and psychoanalyst Edna O’Shaughnessy on “Gratitude”.
In January 2012 the subject of our conference was Autism. It brought together two practitioners from child and adult psychotherapy.
The Bridge Foundation has established a close partnership with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Each year we hold a joint conference which addresses one of the plays in their current season. Andrew Hilton, Founder and Artistic Director of SATTF, is a regular contributor. In 2011 the subject was sibling relationships in The Comedy of Errors. The other participants were Prophecy Coles, author of The Importance of Sibling Relationships in Psychoanalysis, and Dr Steve Sturdy, Deputy Director of the Genomics Forum at the University of Edinburgh.
Previous events have featured Sir Jonathan Miller and psychoanalyst David Bell discussing Miller’s production of Hamlet, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist Jane Cheshire and Lesel Dawson from the University of Bristol’s English Department discussing The Tempest.
The Bridge also collaborates with Opera Project on a conference addressing ideas which arise from the current year’s production. In October 2011 the opera will be La Bohème, and the psychological and cultural themes of Puccini’s most popular work will be discussed by psychoanalyst Sheilagh Davies, music director Jonathan Lyness, and artistic director Richard Studer.
In previous events psychoanalyst Richard Rusbridger has talked about Don Giovanni, and psychoanalyst and composer Francis Grier has talked about Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Traviata.
Small Arts Events
These provide more informal opportunities to discuss the arts in a psychoanalytic context. The subjects have included Orange Prize winning novelist Helen Dunmore talking about her work, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Joe Penhall’s award-winning play, Blue Orange.
In November 2011, the sculptor Carol Peace will talk about her work in the setting of her studio.
The Bob Gosling Memorial Lectures
These annual events commemorate Dr Robert Gosling OBE, former Chair of the Tavistock Clinic and founder member of the Bridge Foundation. The BGML takes a variety of forms to explore the application of psychoanalytic thinking in organisations and society. Previous events have featured the former Guantanamo prisoner, Moazzam Begg, and a discussion of “Internal Racism” by the psychoanalysts, Fakhry Davids and Mike Brearley.