Music and Madness: Derby

On Saturday 20th September at 7.30pm, Borderline is holding ‘Music and Madness’ – a concert showcasing fantastic local musicians at St Peter’s Church, Littleover! St Peter’s Church is a gorgeous traditional church building with fantastic acoustics. There will be a wide range of music and styles ranging from cellists to singers and from Italian arias…

Anxiety Arts Festival 2014

Barbican, South London Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Freud Museum, Wigmore Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery… Visual art, music, dance, theatre and film “Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 is a London-wide festival that explores the way anxiety and art interact. From the sense of unease created by a Hitchcock film, to new commissions in music by Jocelyn Pook…

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY TO REDUCE STIGMA SURROUNDING MENTAL ILLNESS When: 2.30 – 4.30pm on Saturday 29th March /Where: Friends Meeting House, St Helens Street, Derby, DE1 3GY. Cost: £2 for a child, and £4 for an adult To get your tickets, email admin@borderlineart.co.uk or just turn up on the day! There’s an expression “as mad as a…

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…

Lex

It was my intention when I started this blog to show all work that I am sent without it being juried or censored. However, some work may be contentious or triggering, and this is something I want to be able to protect my more vulnerable readers from. The work featured on this blog entry may…

Better, Drawn.

A good friend in mental health sent me a link to a website called Better, Drawn. It’s a fantastic site, full of high quality submissions. Basically Better, Drawn is a website for “comics drawn by people with experience of living with long-term mental and physical illnesses.” Below is their explanation of who and what they…

Portugal Prints Art Exhibition

Portugal Prints (Westminster Mind), an innovative mental health project based in Central London, are having an exhibition from 7th-9th December. The opening night of the exhibition is this Thursday 1st December where you will have the chance to meet the artists, view their open studio and card making demonstrations. If you are free between 2-5pm…

Mara McWilliams

Mara McWilliams’ website is a tour de force. Through her site http://www.maramcwilliams.com, I have stumbled upon a great bubbling vat of creativity that, at many points, springs directly from her experiences with mental disorder. I say at many points as although lots of her paintings and writing come directly from ‘that place’, sometimes hugely creative…

Lunatics Lexicon by Zoe Smith

Major excitement today as I feature an epic journey in illustration with the Lunatics Lexicon by Zoe Smith. I’ll let Zoe introduce the work herself, and if you want to see past the letter J then you will have to visit her excellent blog, Mental Political Parent. “There is so much preamble I could put…

SMHAFF Workshop, Edinburgh.

It’s a relief it’s over. Only because I thought I would be rubbish at conducting the workshop. But as it turns out it went really blooming well. On Saturday 8th October I ran a workshop as part of the Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival in Edinburgh. The workshop was predominantly for mental health…