The Bridge Foundation has run a regular series of public conferences and other events since its formation in 1983. These events link psychoanalytic theory and practice with the arts and society, and provide a forum for reflection and discussion of clinical issues.
We also share our expertise by offering training.
The annual Clinical Conference explores issues and topics central to psychoanalytic practice. We have been putting on events of this nature for over 35 years and speakers have included Edna O’Shaughnessy, Margaret Rustin, Michael Rustin, Margot Waddell, David Bell, Mike Brearley, Ron Britton, Kate Barrows, David Morgan, Fakhry Davids, Richard Rusbridger, Kate Pugh, Ricky Emmanuel, Joanne Stubley and many more. Our most recent clinical conference was on the subject of Grief with Jane Milton and Eve Ashley. This online event was incredibly successful. Some of the feedback we received:
‘Thank you for a rich conference and a very thought provoking morning’
‘I thought both presentations were excellent and presented sensitively. Has given me lots to think about in relation to my work as a psychotherapist.’
‘Given the current circumstances it was a truly enriching and absorbing experience, somewhat to my surprise as I am not generally a fan of zoom communications!’
The Bridge Foundation has established a close partnership with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf). Each year we hold a joint conference which addresses one of the plays in their current season. 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. We have also put on arts conferences around opera, literature, poetry, cinema and art.
We hope to put on another conference in conjunction with stf in the future.
These biennial 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.
We occasionally put on other events to fundraise for our Bridge in Schools programme. These have included music concerts, tea dances and barn dances to name a few. Bands and Choirs have also held events to fundraise for us. Recently these have included the Phoenix Choir, Bristol Concert Wind Band and Barley Rye Choir.