Event: Late Spectacular at William Morris Gallery

What: Late night participatory arts event.
When: Thursday 13th October, 2016.
Where: William Morris Gallery

Mental Spaghetti is really excited to be part of the Daily Life Ltd takeover of William Morris Gallery, Thursday 13th October, 2016.

Mental Spaghetti founder, Marie-Louise Plum, will be one of seven artists involved in the event, leading Diagnostic Expeditionary Tours of the gallery itself.

More information…

For one night only Daily Life Ltd will be taking over the William Morris Gallery Late to present

Thursday 13th October 2016
6:30 – 10:30pm,
Free Entry
William Morris Gallery, E17 4PP

Join Bobby Baker and fellow artists in their epic quest to diagnose the William Morris Gallery!

This event is a combination of performance, music, poetry and participatory art. ROVING DIAGNOSTIC UNIT aims to widen cultural participation whilst inspiring conversations about mental health.


Artists Marie Louise Plum, Sara Haq and Kate Rolison will lead Diagnostic Expeditionary Tours of the gallery, using routine psychiatric methods to ask questions:

Marie Louise Plum is a multidisciplinary artist. She draws, paint, collage and collect, sculpt, make objects, installations, and present engaging art performances. Marie is the founder of arts organisation, Mental Spaghetti, supporting and developing art from the margins, working with individuals at risk of social exclusion.

Sara Haq is an artist, photographer and creative workshop facilitator, based in London, UK. Her work always reflective of personal experience and often explores intercultural relationships and the interactions between art and social change.

Kate Rolison is also known by her internet alias Poesie Grenadine; a broken French phrase which roughly translates as purple prose. A firm believer in Craftivism (the art of craft and activism), she explores mental health activism and feminism through workshops and in her own practice.


In collaboration with interactive theatre-makers Coney will be the Emotion Police Emancipation Programme:

Rhiannon Armstrong makes engaging artworks for and with those who do not necessarily think of themselves as art audiences, under the lifelong series title Instructions for Empathetic Living. Rhiannon is an associate artist of Coney, whose technology she is using for her work with the Roving Diagnostic Unit.


Renowned poet Sean Burn plays with words and ideas around mental health, using language to open up the subject and challenge ownership of narratives:

“Hi, Sean Burn, here. I play with words, sometimes conventionally & sometimes un, believing we first owned our voices before they were mostly stolen, languages our first battlefield.   Now I write/perform/make outsider art. I have an international reputation, active involvement in disability arts, nationally, and am part of Mad Studies North-East.”


Participate in a workshop where you make personalised ‘power pants’ to help you deal with the challenges of everyday life:

Mistry’s practice explores inventive approaches and methodologies in the making of performance, live works and social practices. Her movement practice is focused on making experimental enquiries about being in process with the body and unpredictable choreographies.


Music comes from singer songwriter Dylan Tighe who, throughout the evening, performs segments from his first and second albums:

Dublin singer/songwriter, performer and theatre-maker. Dylan, was described by the Irish Times as “framing reflective music with remarkable eloquence” His radio-drama for RTÉ ‘Wabi-Sabi Soul’, inspired by his own experience of psychiatric diagnosis, was nominated for the Prix Europa radio prize.


Artist and performer Selina Thompson brings her inimitable style to host the infamous Daily Life Ltd Cure All Karaoke:

Selina Thompson is an artist and performer based in Birmingham. Her work is playful, participatory and intimate, focused on the politics of identity, and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments.



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 now celebrating 40 years of challenging injustice, want to rectify that.

Postcards from the Edges gives anyone whose life has been impacted by disability or mental health the chance to speak to the world in a postcard – using words, photographs, art or anything that captures the imagination. The website (www.postcardsfromtheedges.org.uk) and hub of the project was launched at the beginning of February.

The postcards website is where all submitted postcards can be viewed and shared. It contains a variety of postcards demonstrating a vast spectrum of creativity; from political statements to doodles.

One postcard submitted was by an 84 year old man with mental health needs. He described it, simply, as capturing ‘what’s in my head’. Asked about its resemblance to the great Italian Lakes, he smiled and confirmed he had been to Lake Maggiore as a young man – this memory still clearly burning bright inside him.

Another postcard entitled ‘See the child’ shows a child having fun at a playground. Liz, the card creator and mother of the child, said she wanted it to show ‘the joy of the moment’. She longs for people to treat children with autism with as much compassion as they would a child with a more visible disability.

Matthew submitted a postcard called ‘Being disabled does not make me inspirational’. He said that he is frustrated by people seeing him doing normal things and finding them inspirational simply because he has a disability and uses a wheelchair.

Later this year, exhibitions in London, Bristol, Newcastle and Liverpool will showcase a selection of the postcards.

United Response is a top 100 national disability, supporting people to fulfil their dreams and to live as independently as possible. This year marks forty years of providing learning disabilities support and championing the rights of people with disabilities.

You can find out more about the project here: http://www.postcardsfromtheedges.org.uk/the-project.

You can get involved in this project simply by creating a postcard. Either request a postcard pack by emailing postcards@unitedresponse.org.uk or go to the http://www.postcardsfromtheedges.org.uk website and click ‘create a card’ to upload or create a card online.

Start in Manchester.

Start in Manchester is an NHS mental health organisation with a bit of a twist. They are an art in mental health organisation, nationally recognised as a leader in its field, who offer therapeutic services based on the experience of creativity. Through art and gardening courses the team help to “maintain mental wellbeing, develop coping strategies and self-care skills, and regain the confidence to move back into mainstream life.”

Working with people experiencing long-term mental difficulties and distress Start offer a mix of skills to their students (all mental health service users) including visual arts, horticulture and occupational therapy. When service users join Start they usually have no or very little previous experience of art however they find their talents are drawn out through the creative, supportive learning environment. To find out more about Start click here.

The images displayed on this page are a selection from Start’s galleries, including drawing and painting, ceramics and mosaic work. Start not only exhibit their service users’ work but they have also completed a number of commissions which is my favourite thing about the project.