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Borderline Arts launches ‘Enigma’

Art venture helps “break down significant stigma and shame surrounding an illness that kills 1 in 10 of those diagnosed” says project founder.

Vulnerable residents battling Borderline Personality Disorder have found new hope through an unprecedented art project in Derby, founded by an individual who has been close to losing her life to the illness several times.

Local Charity ‘Borderline Arts’ is excited to launch ‘Enigma’ – an art exhibition aiming to break down stigma surrounding a severe mental health condition called Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This exhibition is made up of artwork created by people with BPD. The artists have worked with support artists from the local community to help create images, paintings, sculptural pieces and poetry. The artwork expresses many aspects of living with BPD which the artists felt important to share. There is also a collaborative interactive, installation piece made by several of the artists.

Sarah Eley (who founded Borderline Arts) said ‘Borderline Arts began as a small idea of using the artwork that I’d created to express how it felt to live with BPD to somehow help others understand the condition more. I’d experienced so much stigma because of having a diagnosis of BPD and all that went with it. I was often scared to seek help when (especially medical help), as many of the attitudes I experienced caused me to leave feeling more unwell than before. Many times, this lead to further self harm or attempted suicide. 1 in 10 people with BPD die from suicide and I believe that this number would be considerably less if people felt they were able to access support when they need it, without being judged.’

After exhibiting her own artwork at Artcore’s Gallery in Derby, Sarah felt like she had found a voice and she wanted to give other people with BPD the opportunity to do the same. ‘Enigma’ is a direct result of that. Taking part in this exhibition has been an empowering experience for many of the artists, who can often feel very isolated and misunderstood: ’Being involved in this exhibition gave me the chance to use creativity to understand my condition more. I got to meet others with the same diagnosis, sharing feelings and ideas. Being a part of the Enigma exhibition has enabled me to to become less isolated and to feel part of a team, whilst also giving me a chance to help achieve our common goal of raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding BPD’.

Steve Trenchard (Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) will be opening the launch evening on Monday 20th April from 7-9pm at Quad, Market Place, Derby. Wine and nibbles will be available to purchase from the Bar. The exhibition will remain open until 25th should you be unable to make the opening evening, but still wish to visit the exhibition at another time. The opening hours are: Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th: 12am – 8pm. More information can be found on our website: www.borderlinearts.org.uk or by emailing us at admin@borderlinearts.org.uk

Lazz Ozerden

Born in Hungary in 1975, Lazz now lives in north London, and has done so for over 12 years. He is currently studying, whilst working on his paintings, writing poetry and dreaming.

A few words from Lazz himself…

“I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, but it’s just a cheap sticker on my forehead, just like on all of us who carry  a white light and dark smoke around this town.

For me, the canvas is the place to scream into, just like into a night sky, the lover to make love with, the runaway place, the shadow in the dark that brings me light and makes me free. I paint mainly to get rid of my demons or dream about “THE WOMEN”.

My paintings are acrylic on canvas, which I apply with a variety of techniques. ”

Although Lazz does not have a website at the moment, he is contactable through Facebook and is keen to find his paintings a happy home. If you are interested in buying work by Lazz, please do not hesitate to send us an email at Mental Spaghetti, and we can put him in touch with you. Lazz is also keen to show his work in exhibitions.


Music and Madness: Derby

On Saturday 20th September at 7.30pm, Borderline is holding ‘Music and Madness’ – a concert showcasing fantastic local musicians at St Peter’s Church, Littleover!

St Peter’s Church is a gorgeous traditional church building with fantastic acoustics. There will be a wide range of music and styles ranging from cellists to singers and from Italian arias to modern music! Amidst the music performances, there will be comical poems around the theme of madness.

What’s This For?

This is an event to raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and to raise money to enable Borderline to continue to carry out their work.

What Does Borderline Do?

Borderline uses the arts and creativity to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We do this through art exhibitions, creative workshops, theatre performances, campaigning for BPD treatment and much more.

BPD is a severe and enduring mental health condition. It is estimated that 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with BPD. Those with the condition are often stigmatised by those around them, including those working in the mental health field. (You can read more about that here).

Many people with BPD are reluctant to accept the diagnosis (and therefore the treatment on offer), due to associated stigma. This reluctance to seek treatment, or even complete reluctance to seek any help worsens the individual’s mental health and can even lead to suicide. Shocking statistics show that as many as 1 in 10 people with BPD die as a result of suicide!

But Borderline are doing all they can to change this situation and to improve the lives of those with BPD.

How do I get hold of tickets?

By coming along you will be helping us improve (and even potentially save) the lives of those with BPD! You can get your tickets online or you can pay on the door. You can book online at: http://www.borderlineart.co.uk/music-and-madness

Please email admin@borderlineart.co.uk if you would like more information or any help booking tickets.

Hope to see you there!

PS. Don’t forget to save room for pudding on Saturday night, as there will also be scrumptious homemade cakes and drinks for sale!

The Cult of Beauty at The V&A

Emergence have just announced their latest art trip. Flyer is below along with some info directly from Emergence.

“Here is the new flyer for June’s ASN. This time we will be heading over to South Ken for a curatorial tour of the new “Cult of Beauty” Exhibition at the V&A.

This recently opened exhibition, looks at the aesthetic movement from 1860 – 1900… It has managed to pull in everything from painting to furniture / graphic design and interiors. These are the kind of exhibitions the V&A really excels at and should be another really interesting event.

Here is a short video about the show with the V&A’s very own dandy, Stephen Calloway waxing lyrical about the aesthetes, and all you need in way of details from the V&A site here.

Savannah Borderline.

Savannah Borderline recently submitted some work to the website. Savannah is an 18 year old girl diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. You can read about her diagnosis, living life with mental health ‘difficulties’ (I hate this expression but struggle to find the right way to describe how we get by), and how she gets through the mh system without going totally loopsome on her blog, Life of a Maybe Borderline.

Savannah enjoys painting these characters for her fiancé, who she describes as “an obsessive computer gamer”, because she’d rather paint for someone who’ll appreciate it. I guess I should have said somewhere on the blog that I will happily take copied artwork, and that it is every bit as important as original artwork because of the therapeutic process you go through to produce a finished piece. Savannah writes on her blog “I like drawing and painting, I enjoy creating things. I am a generally creative person, it’s so therapeutic and rewarding. Creativity leads to feelings of accomplishment.”

Please follow our lovely Savannah on Twitter, friend her on Facebook and don’t forget to read her blog.