An essay on art & medication by Karen Sorensen

“I am schizoaffective, badly disabled, and I have devoted my life to making oil paintings.  Two years ago I started lowering my antipsychotic medication for health reasons.  I believe that my art changed.  I believe that I am more creative on lower medication.  Seeing my art change has motivated me to stay on very little…

Flight of Ideas at Bethlem Gallery

A Bethlem Gallery showcasing the innovative arts in health initiatives across Europe, 2 – 25 October 2013 10 October World Mental Health Day “To celebrate world mental health day 2013 the Bethlem Gallery is staging an exhibition of postcards made by artists staying and working in hospitals across Europe. Flight of Ideas is an international…

Free Space Gallery present Art & Healing

I popped over to Kentish Town Health Centre last week with a friend to check out Free Space’s touring exhibition, Art and Healing. My friend is doing a write-up for the site, so until then I’ll just alert you to its presence and insist you go and have a look at it before it ends…

Ali Fisher

“I suffer from mental illness myself and am still in the services since 1996. I am now 36 years old and have used art to cope with my illness of schizoaffective disorder. Here is some of my art done in oil, acrylic and charcoal. This painting is called ‘A soul of entrapment’, hence the fist…

Send a postcard to the world: an innovative online disability campaign

This week we have a guest post by Beth from United Response, who contacted me recently about Postcards from the Edges… Just a few decades ago many people with disabilities or mental health needs were locked away from the rest of Britain in institutions, their voices ignored and their stories unheard. United Response, which is…

A call for mental health activists

WEGO Health are looking for contributors… “My name is Susan and I head up the WEGO Health Activist Network – a place where bloggers, tweeters, and facebook leaders come together to share information, learn from one another, and find tools to further their advocacy within the online health community. As you may know, May is…

Barrie Seddon Exhibition

I’ve written about Barrie before, here. He recently wrote to me with an update of his work, and news of a recent exhibition in Preston. Check out his work below, and you can connect with Barrie through his Saatchi online profile.

Exhibition: Christmas Crackers

Hello! Friends in East London and Essex should definitely check this exhibition out, but no matter where you live, if you are up for travelling, then please try to make it down. This is a great opportunity to see service users’ work in an exhibition. Below is the press release and a link to the…

Matt Howard

“I am a service user from Accrington, I have been a service user for approximately 2 years after I was forced to leave my employment due to a physical disability. This unfortunately was the trigger for my increasing depression and anxiety. Over the past 2 years I have been subjected to every kind of therapy…

The Agony – Perry Barclay-Goddard

“THE AGONY started as twelve piece visual opus that allowed me to record and process the journey of my recovery. Divergent from my continued development as an artist these works have been fundamental to my personal reconstruction. Having grown to 20+ individual pieces, the series has not end or definitive number. As with my journey,…