Hello! Friends in East London and Essex should definitely check this exhibition out, but no matter where you live, if you are up for travelling, then please try to make it down. This is a great opportunity to see service users’ work in an exhibition. Below is the press release and a link to the invitation to the Private View. I will be attending the PV and I hope to see you there!
“‘Christmas Crackers’ is brought to you by the members of Thinkarts.
Our winter exhibition is a platform of over 70 pieces of work both 2d and 3d. All of the work is handmade and a large majority of it will be for sale via CREST Waltham Forest. With Christmas nearing in why not pop along to the see if you can pick up an alternative present and support the members of Thinkarts.
Thinkarts was developed to offer arts-related events, projects and vocational opportunities for people who have experienced mental ill health.
In November 2011, responsibility for Thinkarts was transferred to CREST, a grass-roots community organisation with forty years’ experience of developing local services such as a mental health befriending service.
There is also a free coffee morning in the Gallery most Thursday to find out more about the coffee morning call the BLC directly on 020 8724 8710
If you would like to join the thinkarts mailing list or find out more about what we are doing and how to get involved then please contact Alan Horne
of CREST. email@example.com”
At The Gallery, Ground Floor, Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, IG11 7NB.
(I’m unsure of opening times, so please call the learning centre)
Link to the Private View (PDF – download invite to print)
For more information check out:
Barking Learning Centre Gallery
Posted in Art Therapy, Exhibition, Illustration, Mental Health, Painting
Tagged art therapy, barking learning centre, christmas crackers, design, exhibition, fine art, mental health, painting, thinkarts
“THE AGONY started as twelve piece visual opus that allowed me to
record and process the journey of my recovery. Divergent from my
continued development as an artist these works have been fundamental
to my personal reconstruction. Having grown to 20+ individual pieces,
the series has not end or definitive number. As with my journey, THE
AGONY remains a work in progress.
Intended as a personal self reflection THE AGONY has already drawn
considerable attention, primarily from those navigating their own
journeys of recovery.
An unforeseen outcome of developing THE AGONY has been the discussions
initiated by my children. These pieces have providing a focal point,
from which they have been able to ask questions and develop a stronger
understand of who their father is.
This collection of original works covers a continuum of emotions from
desperation to hope, from surrender to rebirth. Each piece demands the
viewer evaluate their own internal turmoil to achieve a heightened
sense of self awareness. From the smaller intimate pieces to the
larger more powerful pieces THE AGONY records the journey of recovery
shared by many.”
- Perry Barclay-Goddard, 2012
Posted in Art Therapy, Depression, Illustration, Mental Health
Tagged art, artist, drawing, drawing therapy, illustration, mental health, mental illness, pencils, pens, perry barclay-goddard, the agony
Lovely Terence Wilde is having an end of exhibition Private View this Friday 4th May from 4-6pm at Highgate Mental Health Centre. There’s loads of paintings and drawings on display (a few from his collection are featured below) and it really is well worth going to see. I visited his last Private View and was enchanted by his drawings and paintings. If you would like to see more of his work, please check out his website.
I also wrote more about Terence here, so please check that out to see more paintings and info, plus the address for Highgate Mental Health Centre.
‘I was an impossible case’
‘Hear No Evil’
Last night I went to a private view of Terence Wilde’s work at Highgate Mental Health Centre. I was lucky enough to meet up with Terence, a charming man with a super sense of style. He used to be a fashion print designer but gave it up due to the demands of the job. Terence now works at Bethlem Hospital. He is also an ex-service user. Terence says his “paintings reflect tortuously working my way through life from the perspective of an adult survivor”. He also described drawing as ‘trepanning without the drilling’, one of the best and dryly funny descriptions of art as therapy that I have ever heard.
‘Tell Me About your Childhood!’
Terence is exhibiting paintings and illustration at the gallery in Highgate, and the show will be running until May 10th. There will be a special closing event for the show which I will be blogging about nearer the time.
‘In the Counting House’
Terence describes creativity “as a healing tool, emotionally to describe, spiritually to make sense of. The process of self-acceptance, of being comfortable in your own skin, is the stem of my creative processes; it has enabled me to function in a healthier, true place.”
Terence’s paintings are awesome and if you can make it please do go and check out the exhibition. My favourite work on display is the illustration but I am biased since illustration is my thing. I did take photographs but they didn’t come out very well so for now I am going to put a load of his artworks from his website up. When I go back to the exhibition I will take some better photos and put them up here.
Please check out Terence’s website here. If you would like to order prints or artwork please get in touch with Terence directly through his website contact details.
If you would like to visit the exhibition, the address is Highgate Mental Health Centre, Darthmouth Park Hill Highgate, London N19 5NX, Tel: 020 7561 4000. Please call them to find out opening times.
“Life is an unravelling of self/A skill learned/A road travelled without a map/Living life is an art form/Like origami in reverse”
-Terence Wilde, September 2005
‘Swan Lake Revisited’
‘Beloved (Kate Bush’s Angel)’
‘Case of Casey’s Vespers’
‘Don’t Look Under the Bed’
‘Bette Davis Angel’
‘Do I Look Fat in This?’
‘The Girl with Hoopla Hair’
Posted in Acrylic Painting, Art Therapy, Bethlem, Depression, Highgate Mental Health Centre, Illustration, Mental Health, Painting, Terence Wilde, Watercolour
Tagged art therapy, drawing, exhibition, highgate mental health centre, illustration, nhs, painting, terence wilde, therapy
Silvis Rivers, known as “Pillvis Depressely” to friends, is an artist particularly interested in illustrations, poetry and photography. He also has some amazing sculpture work. I found him through the blog Birmingham User Watch, an “Independent Occasionally Very Satired View Of Mental Health NHS Issues As Well As Those Further Afield”. His illustration series ‘The Purple Bunny Plan’ and ‘HSJ Mogger’ caught my eye and are definitely worth investigating further. You can do this by going to his Flickr profile and also employing the trusty Google machine to find out what else he is up to (the Highcroft Lifebook Film is very interesting as is ‘The Highcroft Lifebook Project & African Masks’, a project ‘In Remembrance Of My Family Of 18 Who Suffered In The Workhouse And Mental Hospital’).
‘The Blueberry Footed Highcroft Hospital Code-ifly’
‘Bandage Planet Discovered By Purple Bunny’
‘HSJ MOGGER Yogic Flier’
HSJ Mogger And The Death Of Disability
Images from ‘The Highcroft Lifebook Project & African Masks’
Posted in Art Therapy, Comics, Illustration, Mental Health, Sculpture, Silvis Rivers
Tagged drawing, illustration, mental health, nhs, sculpture, silvis rivers
I’m doing an illustration workshop on April 13th for the inpatients at Highgate Mental Health Centre in London. The participants will be taking part in drawing a cartoon strip about a day – any day, past, present or future – in their life and how the day is relevant to their feelings. They will also have the chance to use many different materials and mediums to work on their pieces.
The workshop is invite only for the inpatients, however if you know someone who is attending the centre please let them know about the workshop. Please note the day of the workshop is actually the 13th April and not 6th as advertised on the poster.
Trawling the internet looking for new articles and artists to feature on this site I stumbled across a wonderful ‘art-science’ (science inspiring art and art communicating science) competition on the subject of ‘Diversity or Disorder’ and ‘Stages of the Brain’. Please read the flyer below to find out more.
Here are some images I would like to share with you from the Imagining the Brain website.
‘Between You and Me’ by Nathalie Kantaris-Diaz, Parkside Federation
Entry in the category: Diversity or Disorder?
“I wanted to convey a strong sense of empathy to the viewer as they see the tortured man in the painting and understand the strength of his feelings. I do not want the viewer merely to dismiss him as a man with a disorder. I wanted to show the diversity of his feelings within the subtle, varied colourings of the brain, but also to show how the absolute darkness of the background threatens to engulf any other feelings present in the painting.”
‘Jane’ by Kate Kelly, Parkside Federation
Entry in the category: Diversity or Disorder?
“This painting is of Jane, she has Bipolar. Her bipolar interested me and I wanted to show her two sides and how the disorder affected her. I was also inspired by the TV advert of the man having a stroke, I thought that could also show bipolar in the brain. The burning and eating away the flesh gave me the idea to have the ripped canvas. I did this because we can then look inside at her depressed side and see how she feels inside.”
‘Anorexia and Obesity’ by Ciara Byford, Parkside Federation
Entry in the category: Diversity or Disorder?
“My idea was to try and show the similarities and differences between anorexia and obesity. They are both eating disorders for people that don’t have much confidence or confidence issues with their looks but are both opposites. One forces the person to lose a lot of weight by not eating and the other makes the person overeat because they intake too much food.”
It was my intention when I started this blog to show all work that I am sent without it being juried or censored. However, some work may be contentious or triggering, and this is something I want to be able to protect my more vulnerable readers from. The work featured on this blog entry may be considered triggering so please do not read on if you are in a vulnerable place.
Posted in Borderline Art, Illustration, Lex
Tagged blood, borderline, bpd, collage, design, illustration, lex, marie-louise plum, mental spaghetti, wax
“Nick Egglington is a photographer and graphic designer from Adelaide South Australia. Having suffered from Bipolar and a mild form of Cerebral Palsy his whole life, his works are highly influenced by his experience of the world and focus heavily on bringing awareness of these conditions to the community.”
For more information, or to support his work, please visit his websites at http://www.grinagallery.com (where you can download some awesome wallpapers!) and http://www.ravingtees.com, or check out his blog grinagallery.tumblr.com for the latest articles on graphic design and photography.
Featured on the NSW CAG recovery in Art Exhibition flyer 2011
Nominated for the Collie Print Trust Graphic Design Award AGIdeas Melbourne 2009
I particularly like these wallpapers for Apple devices of the above image, “Life is a Blood Sport”.
More postcards in the series:
Other works by Nick:
(Taken from BBC Inside Out> East.)
“Mental health patient Steve Austin finds that painting provides a creative outlet for his mind. Steve’s work is the one thing that keeps him going when he starts feeling down.”
Posted in Depression, Illustration, Painting
Tagged bbc, depression, down, drawing, east england, inside out, mental health, nhs, painting, sad, steve austin