EXHIBITION: ‘Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness’

2014, oil on gesso, 75x60cm | website

What: Exhibition
Where: The Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham (more info here)
When: 21 May – 25 September, 2015

Bit late to the party on this one, so I’m writing it up quick, quick! Apologies to City Arts in advance for lifting half of this text from their own website.

Paulo Tercio, (who we hope to include in our top secret January 2016 exhibition – stay tuned for news), recently got in touch to let us know he’s been included in a new art exhibition at Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health.

‘Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness’ explores the relationship between dreams and mental illness. It is the seventh open exhibition that arts charity City Arts Nottingham has run in partnership with Institute of Mental Health.

Joe Pick, communications coordinator of City Arts reports “City Arts selected work by artists from across the United Kingdom. They range in experience from local mental health service users, experimenting with art as a form of therapy, to established professional artists. As a result, the exhibition features an incredibly diverse selection of artwork; each artist has responded to the theme in their own unique way.”

The following text has been lifted from City Arts website, available to view here.

Tim Challans, Chair of City Arts, explains: “The theme allows artists to tell their personal stories. Some have focused on nightmarish experiences of mental ill-health; others took a more hopeful approach, looking at their dreams for the future. We hope that people visiting the exhibition will enjoy it as much as we do!”

Dreams, mental health and art have long been intertwined. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, believed that dreams were crucial to understanding the unconscious mind. Freudian ideas had a strong influence on the work of Surrealist artists including Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte.

Artists with work on display include: Nottingham’s Bea Roberts, who recently discovered her artwork would appear in upcoming Hollywood film The Ninth Life of Louis Drax; Paulo Tercio, an international exhibited artist who, in 2013, won a commission for a permanent alter piece at St. Andrew’s Church in Fulham; and Mike Hughes, whose submission to the exhibition depicts a dream about time spent working in Nottingham’s BOC factory over 40 years ago.

Professor Paul Crawford, Director of the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health commented:

“We are very proud to be supporting local artists and service users. The Institute is a creative community and it’s fitting that service user art has been promoted and will continue to have dedicated space. The art that has been on display has often created debate. It has brought colour and darkness in varied measures and it shifts and influences the mental spaces of staff and visitors.”

‘Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness’ is open for viewings on weekdays from 10am to 4pm. The Institute of Mental Health is on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

Blog entry image: ‘Let’s just bath in blue for a little while’ by Celine Siani Djiakoua

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  1. mrsabbyj says:

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