MENTAL SPAGHETTI promotes marginalised artists, encourages participation in the arts, and works in partnership with likeminded organisations and institutions. It is an ongoing project, led by multidisciplinary artist, Marie-Louise Plum.
We do three things:
| Use our strong online presence as a platform for marginalised ARTISTS, and further empower artists to develop their professional practice.
| Curate group EXHIBITIONS to showcase marginalised artists, often working in partnership with likeminded organisations and institutions.
| Facilitate creative WORKSHOPS and collaborative art projects for all, with a committed focus on inclusivity.
Mental Spaghetti also works with arts organisations, community outreach groups and clinical institutions to encourage provocative dialogues about art from marginalised artists, mental health and social exclusion, through arts and other means.
To find out more about our backstory and purpose, click here.
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Inside Out : Outside In at The Dragon Café
Group exhibition curated by Mental Spaghetti, work by artists residing at a Medium Security Unit in the north of England. Medium secure units, also known as MSUs, provide hospital care for people with complex mental health problems who may have become involved in the criminal justice system. This exhibition debuts work by male artists living with complex mental health difficulties, personality disorder and learning disability who have developed their art practice under the mentorship of a dedicated art teacher.
Exhibition open every Monday from 12pm-8pm, May 1st – June 26th, at The Dragon Café, Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough High St, SE1 1JA. Map.
Spaghetti School at Free Space Gallery
Spaghetti School started up again this year. Sessions for March and May were fully booked, and well received. We have more sessions coming in October. You can sign-up for these free workshops online. Workshops are free, but you must book a place to be on the course. We suggest signing up for the full 5 weeks of any block (May, August or October). We will be repeating August’s activities in October, so you do not need to sign up for both.
Workshops run every Friday from 2pm-5pm, during May, August and October, at The Gym Room, Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town, NW5 2BX. Map.
Roving Diagnostic Unit at William Morris Gallery
Over the last year Mental Spaghetti has been working with some fine artists and the Daily Life Ltd team, to scrutinise, digest and diagnose diagnosis itself. It’s an immense pleasure to be working on this project, and to interact with a wide audience of both fellow mental health and arts travellers, and new visitors, who may have never participated in anything quite like the RDU before.
Please do watch the video above, and look out for more Roving Diagnostic Unit visits in a space near you!
One Bare Foot Square
In collaboration with Uncooked Culture, touring exhibition featuring 78 International Artists from 15 different countries.
One Bare Foot Square is an artist-led, worldwide, collaborative travelling mosaic canvas, initiated by Uncooked Culture. Individual artworks from over 75 international artists were pieced together to form one big wall piece. Read more about it, here.
ARTISTS – more information on the artists we are working closely with, on our Featured Artists page.
EXHIBITIONS – See what’s coming up and view selected images from recent exhibitions, here.
WORKSHOPS – Find information and selected photos from our art workshops, here.