Conversation about Art, Human Rights and Mental Health has a new date

17 de October, 2023

As part of the parallel programme of the exhibition Portreto de la Animo, on display at the Soares dos Reis National Museum, the Talk on Art, Human Rights and Mental Health – Is there a place for Museums?, will take place on November 4th, at 4 PM, with as guests Paula Távora Vítor and António Ponte, moderated by Pedro Morgado.



The initiative is part of a cycle of conversations taking place during this month, at the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, with the support of the National Coordination of Mental Health Policies.

Paula Távora Vítor

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. Graduate (2001), Master (2005) and PhD (2017) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra; Integrated Researcher (Legal Institute); President of the Board of Directors of the Family Law Center (FDUC); Member of the Executive Board of the International Society of Family Law and the Coordinating Group of Family Law in Europe Academic Network (FL-EUR); Author of several monographs and articles in the area of ​​Family and Succession Law and Personal Law (capacity). Co-author of legislative projects. Member of the Working Group to review the Mental Health Law.



António Ponte

Current Director of the Soares dos Reis National Museum, António Ponte has a degree in Historical Sciences (1993) from the Portucalense University, a Master’s degree (2007) and a PhD in Museology (2014), from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. He held the position of Regional Director of Culture for the North, between 2013 and 2021.



Pedro Morgado

Psychiatrist at Braga Hospital, researcher and professor at the University of Minho School of Medicine, and winner of the 1st edition of the FLAD Science Award Mental Health, the highest award in the field of ​​mental health in Portugal with a project in the area of ​​disorder obsessive-compulsive. Since February 2022, he has been Northern Regional Coordinator for Mental Health.


The Soares dos Reis National Museum has been carrying out several actions within the “Art & Health” programmatic axis.



The Portreto de la Animo exhibition and parallel activities are the focus of this program in 2023, continuing with a cultural offer aimed at minimizing the impact of mental illness, increasing self-confidence and well-being, enabling the construction of a safe environment, alleviating the suffering and reducing the anguish of the people who participate in them.




The Portreto de la Animo exhibition includes selected pieces from the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection that relate to processes of self-representation and that were mostly produced in contexts of illness. The Soares dos Reis National Museum thus provides the meeting point for these works of art, included in currents that go beyond the traditional ones, with others from its own collection.




The exhibition has the patronage support of the Millenium bcp Foundation and Lusitânia Seguros, as well as the institutional support of the Dr. José de Figueiredo Circle – Friends of the Soares dos Reis National Museum.