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Excitement building…Spaghetti & The Yeti Workshop – 15/05/15!

Dear MS friends, we are extremely excited to report our findings from our recent visit to Free Space Gallery at the Kentish Town Health Centre.

As you know, our next workshop – a very special one, led by poet and comedian, John Hegley, in support of the Mental Health Foundation during Mental Health Awareness Week – will be held at KTHC, in partnership with Free Space Gallery, and what an event it’s going to be!

I finally met the very lovely Mel, who runs the FSG project. I was shown around KTHC, a vibrant, community space incorporating bright and sunny workshop spaces, a creative outdoor space full of the fruits of creative endeavour (including a mini White Cube gallery – more info to follow in another post!), a well laid out, extensive exhibition space, and all the mod cons you could need to host a workshop, plus refreshments, and – get this – a mini inside/outside shindig after the workshop on the 15th!

The ‘Well-Beeing’ garden and creative outdoor space

Before I go on, let me remind you that although tickets are £10 (plus £0.90 booking fee) each, we do have an allocation of free tickets for mental health service users. So get in touch by emailing mentalspaghetti@gmail.com if you’d like to snap up a free ticket before we run out!

Currently exhibiting at Kentish Town Health Centre is Bernard McGuigan, a sculptor and printmaker, described as “outstanding” by art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon. Bernard’s show will be on during the workshop so everyone is invited to go up to the gallery spaces and view the work. Also on display is a photography exhibition, as well as other art works dotted around the site, made by clients of KTHC, and a particularly exquisite tapestry featuring local scenes of old Kentish Town.

Bernard McGuigan’s work on display at Free Space Gallery

Regarding the little shindig after the workshop, we hope to have some stalls with local art for sale, as well as wine and snacks, and possibly some food stalls. There will be music – perhaps even some live music – so do expect jollity.

That’s all for now, folks, and I hope to see you all at our workshop and shindig!

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.

 

Workshop: John Hegley creative writing & drawing

Spaghetti & The Yeti: 3 hour creative writing & drawing workshop – 15/05/15 – Buy tickets

A LIMITED NUMBER OF FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE USERS – EMAIL US HERE

Mental Spaghetti, the art and creativity in mental health organisation, joins forces with Free Space Gallery to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 with a drawing and creative writing workshop from poet and comedian, Mr John Hegley!

“John Hegley is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the USA Comedy Festival in Aspen, with Ulrika Jonsson & Anita Dobson in The Pyjama Game and on BBC R4’s Hearing With Hegley.

John Hegley is widely known as one of the country’s most innovative comic poets with several best-selling volumes of poetry to his name.”

A 3 hour creative arts session with John (with a 30 minute break), expect talking, laughing, thinking and drawing! We provide the materials, you provide yourselves. The rest is a surprise!
Please note workshop times: 2pm for 2:30pm start, 3:15pm 30 minute break (refreshments provided), 6pm finish.

There is a gallery at the venue, and Mental Spaghetti/Free Space Gallery organisers and artists will be around for a while after the workshop if you’d like to chat and view any work on show.
More info about John Hegley: http://www.johnhegley.co.uk/

John has just embarked on his Spring/Summer tour so catch these potatoes while they’re hot!*

Facebook event page

*(hint: that’s a nod to his now-touring show, New & Selected Potatoes, tickets here: http://www.johnhegley.co.uk/thistour/index.htm)

Brought to you by http://www.mentalspaghetti.org & http://freespacegallery.org/

The Daily Life Ltd needs YOU!

Our friends and comrades in art and mental health, The Daily Life Ltd, led by Bobby Baker (not a man), have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for 3 new animations starring Dr Bobby, Roxy and Rudi. Together they will spread the word about their fantastic arts & mental health programme.

Can you help? Here follows a short broadcast from Dr Bobby…

And now some more information from the Daily Life Ltd. team…
Hello! Team Daily Life Ltd here – thanks for stopping by. We’re an arts organisation based in Stratford, East London. Our Artistic Director, Bobby Baker, is well known as an artist and as an ‘expert by experience’ of the mental health system. Our whole mission is to create powerful art that changes the way people think about mental health. We want as many people as possible to see surprising and beautiful work by artists with personal experience of mental health issues – and we need your help.

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About this project: who we are and what we do…


The Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Local Wellbeing Research Unit, Shuffle Festival (2013) Photograph: Hydar Dewachi

Having produced Bobby’s art for years, we are now beginning to present work by many more artists who have lived experience of mental distress. This year we’ve raised money to tour exciting work by a group of talented poets, performers, artists and musicians in East London.

Here are some of our amazing lineup:


Selina Thompson, Chewing the Fat (2014)


Laura Jane Dean, This Room (2015)


Simon Raven, Cool Party (2014)

We’ll also be presenting work by artists from the wonderful Outside In at Pallant House Gallery and Bethlem Gallery:

Bethlem Gallery website. Screenshot: February 2015


Outside In National, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2012) Photograph: Jason Hedges

We’re touring to East London venues like the pioneering Bromley By Bow Centre, Kingsley Hall, Shuffle Festival, and Queen Mary University, London.
Plus we’re planning another stunning Lightbox installation this autumn, building on the success of exhibition in Dalston last year – but this time in Newham.


The Expert View, Lightbox installation, Dalston Square (2014) Photograph: Andrew Whittuck

What we want to do now – with your help
The art is all sorted, as you can see, but now we need to make sure people know about it – locally and online. We’re a minuscule company, so we’re asking for your support to pay for our creative collaborators (Kate Bland, Cast Iron Radio, Pete Baynton, Radish Pictures, Bobby Baker aka ‘Dr Bobby,’) to help develop three more ‘Promo Cartoons.’

Thanks to Pete, Kate and the rest of our collaborators working with Bobby, our tiny, terrific and talented Roxy and Rudi Marketing Team have already been on the road on their mission to SAVE HUMANITY! Check them out on YouTube. As well as promoting new work, the cartoons are also a way of recording our activities and sharing them with people far beyond our East London stomping ground – Roxy, Rudi and Dr Bobby are a multitasking team!

A bit of background information

For those of you who don’t know us yet, and why we have such a passion for the arts and mental health, here’s a word from our Artistic Director Bobby Baker, aka ‘Dr Bobby:’


Bobby Baker, How to Shop (1993) Photograph: Andrew Whittuck

“Hello! I’m an artist and the Artistic Director of Daily Life Ltd. We’re a small Arts Council funded arts organisation based in East London.

I’ve been an artist for 40 years or so, making lots of work about daily life, being a woman, bringing up children, power, that sort of thing …How to change the world, basically.
Between 1997-2008 I had a period of serious mental ill health. I made lots of work about this experience. I had all sorts of treatment – some of it good – and in the end I got better. I’m now proud to describe myself as an expert by experience of the mental health system, and I’ve been Tip Top up Top for a decade or more. But there’s a lot of ignorance, fear and prejudice about mental health out there. This affected me very badly and still does, as it does others. Mental health is a subject that provokes strong feelings – people can get shouty, or boring, or bored or even more confused.

So that’s where the art comes in!

We know that powerful art changes lives and transforms thinking. We want more people to see great work by many people – many more voices, many experiences. We’d love your support to make the The Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoons, so we can promote our fantastic 2015 programme to a wider audience.”

-Thanks, Bobby!


Bobby Baker, Pull Yourself Together, Trafalgar Square, London (2000) Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

Okay, folks, final word from team Mental Spaghetti – go help our buddies Bobby Baker and The Daily Life Ltd. raise what they need to animate their adventures! Thank you!

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Where is the Work in the Work of Art?

Opening Event: 19 February, 3 – 5pm
Exhibition continues: 20 February – 10 April
Opening times: Wed – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Gallery and museum open the first and last Saturdays of the month 10am – 5pm

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“A pioneering arts and museum space at the heart of Bethlem Royal Hospital opens to the public on February 19th. Where is the Work in the Work of Art? is our first exhibition in the new gallery. This inaugural exhibition reveals some of the stories, processes and structures behind the art of a diverse group of artists who are connected to the gallery. We will be asking: what takes place before, during and after the making of an artwork? And how are artists enabled to do what they do?

Where is the Work in the Work of Art? takes its lead from our recent Bethlem Salon by the same name. It looks at art’s relationship to labour from several perspectives: cultural theory, art practice and occupational therapy. The aim is to reach beyond art as an object and identify what might be called the ‘bi-products’ of the art process.

What work is for artists and what it could be has been of long debate. Do we consider the making of art to be work when that work is enjoyable? Is it work when the outcome does not take the form of a tangible finished object? Is it work when the work is of second nature to the artist and fully integrated into daily life? Or does the work lie in the minds of the audience, who after encountering the artwork, carry into the world with them new ideas, questions, feelings or forms?

When asked about the title for his recent exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery, The silence of sawn wood, artist P.J Baird said: “It indicates a happening, a poetic image. As you view the work you imagine the process involved, like a form of synesthesia.” Although often seen as a strictly controlled environment to reside in, the hospital can be an enabling context for the production of art; artists may have more time and freedom to work. When it comes to the reception and interpretation of artwork, the hospital context is much more problematic.

Artworks and works of art are predominantly discussed as finished objects viewed through the valorising contexts of galleries and museums. This exhibition looks at work that is not always visible, work that is present in process, failure, experimentation, advocacy and the many other aspects of work that forms and surrounds artistic practice. By making visible some of the usually unseen aspects of artists practice, we hope to give further weight to the work of some of the most dynamic, adaptable, resistant and innovative artists that we know.”

– Sam Curtis, Curator

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The exhibition programme offers several lenses through which to consider artist practice and specific works:

Encounter and dialogue
What kind of encounter takes place between an audience and artists practice? How do artists set up situations for dialogue whether intentionally or unintentionally?

Working under constraints
Whether it’s within the rigorously controlled environment of a psychiatric hospital or the limiting space of home, the exhibition looks at how these artists adapt and evolve their practices to survive and flourish within specific constraints.

Art as a tool
The exhibition will explore how some of the artists use art as a personal tool, arming their practice with a specific use- value, a function in the artists ability to craft his or her own identity.

Methodology and process
Uncovering some of the complex and refined methodologies and processes of artists can tell us something about their focus, their skill and their persistence.

Time
Does more time devoted to making art have a positive effect on an artist’s practice? The Bethlem Gallery acknowledges the importance of time, how time aids the establishing of mutual relationships of trust and respect with artists and the creation of a safe space where together we can experiment artistically.

Support Structures
How are artists enabled to continue practising? What support structures, both formal and informal create the specific conditions for their practise to take place?

Where is the Work in the Work of Art? features:
• Contributions by Albert, Clive, Dan Duggan, Daniel, George Harding, Liz Atkin, Matthew, Max Reeves, OccupationalTherapy Department staff and patients, Patient X, P. J. Baird, Raymond, Rodney, Ronald, Roydell, Steph Bates, Sue B, and Sue Morgan.

• Interviews and documentation of artistic process

• A mapped walk around the hospital site where visitors can discover an evolving array of artist interventions and

remnants of practice.

• An artist-created Wood Library situated within the diverse woodlands on the hospital grounds, open for reading,

borrowing, referencing and workshops.

• A Workshop for Unrealised Projects where unfinished or failed projects will be collectively explored and then remade through shared proposals

• The Bethlem Salon – Making and Unmaking – where invited speakers will discuss art, making and the production of subjectivities within the context of an exhibition showing the artworks resulting from of the Workshop for Unrealised Projects

• A series of talks and workshop to be announced on the gallery website

Address: The Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX
Travel: Nearest British Rail: Eden Park / East Croydon

Contact: Beth Elliott, Gallery Director, 020 3228 4101 • Email: thebethlemgallery@gmail.com • Website: http://www.bethlemgallery.com

Update from Bethlem Gallery

On the 19th of February, The Bethlem Gallery and Museum will open the doors to a new, state of the art building which will be home to the Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Bethlem archives.

Below is a summary of the first three exhibitions taking place in the building.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind’s Permanent Collection.

A selection of around 1,000 art works including works by former Bethlem patients such as Jonathan Martin, Richard Dadd and Louis Wain

Bryan Charnley: The Art of Schizophrenia

Bringing together works from the Bethlem collection and many rarely seen works from the Estate of Bryan Charnley, this exhibition looks back at Charnley’s life and work.

Where is the Work in a Work of Art?

What kind of work goes into making a work of art? This exhibition will reveal the processes, structures and systems behind the art of a diverse group of artists who are connected to the Bethlem Gallery. We’ll be asking how does identity play a role in the making and reception of an artwork and how are artists enabled to do what they do?

About Bethlem

Bethlem Royal Hospital was founded in 1247 and was the first institution in the UK to specialise in the care of the mentally ill. The hospital continues to provide in-patient care as part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and is a provider of mental health and substance misuse services for people locally and specialist services for people from across the U.K. For more information on our services please visit: www.slam.nhs.uk

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. This is the most commonly quoted statistic, and the one which has the most research evidence to support it – www.mind.org.uk

Around 300 people out of 1,000 will experience mental health problems every year in Britain 230 of these will visit a GP 102 of these will be diagnosed as having a mental health problem 24 of these will be referred to a specialist psychiatric service

6 will become inpatients in psychiatric hospitals.

For more information visit: bethlemgallery.com | bethlemmuseumofthemind.org.uk

The Craftimation Factory – Interactive Exhibition

Interactive Exhibition With Focus On Mental Health – By Hastings Based Artists

Frames Of Mind is an exhibition that is the culmination of a year-long project during which adults with lived experience of mental health and wellbeing issues made puppets, stop motion animation and an installation with the purpose of creating dialogue around mental health. The project was led by Hastings based charity The Craftimation Factory and features work by many local artists as well as work from those living in other parts of East Sussex.

The exhibition combines interactive elements including exploring the installation with a UV torch to find hidden messages and playing cassette tapes on a retro tape player, as well a life sized knitted puppet and photos from the former psychiatric hospital in Hellingly.

The exhibition launches at 12 noon 2nd December at Towner Gallery, Eastbourne where it will run for two weeks

After the launch there is a programme of activities including free workshops and a ‘Living Exhibit’ which will invite members of the public to listen to conversations and ask questions of people with lived experience of mental health issues.

www.thecraftimationfactory.org www.facebook.com/knittedanimationworkshops