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.

Our Purpose:

| To 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.

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Mental Spaghetti started life as a personal blog by the artist Marie-Louise Plum, sharing stories from years of navigating the NHS mental health system. Whilst sharing stories of life behind the scenes of mental health care was cathartic for a while, Marie-Louise wanted to do more with the readership she had built up.

Harnessing this personal experience of  trying to carve out a niche as an ‘artist from the margins’, whilst simultaneously experiencing mental health distress, Marie-Louise wanted to help others in similar situations.

The blog became a platform to share, promote and discuss both mainstream and marginalised artists, and is now a collective of sorts, pooling resources and practitioners, both clinical and creative, to promote the work of marginalised artists and encourage participation in the arts.

We work inclusively with people of all backgrounds and situations, who feel themselves marginalised from the mainstream art world.

We are a non-profit project – any funds made go straight back into the Mental Spaghetti pot for future activities, such as exhibitions and art events.

For more information, please contact Marie-Louise Plum directly.


Marie-Louise Plum
Founder of Mental Spaghetti, Lead Artist

Simona Pesce
Artist’s Assistant, Treasurer

Melissa Hardwick – Director, Free Space Gallery.
Steering Group

Kate Keara Pelen – Artist, Creative Director, The Nomad Cinema
Steering Group

Bobby Baker – Artist, Creative Director, Daily Life Ltd