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.

 

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Art Opportunity: Tight Modern 2016

What: Tight Modern 2016 exhibition
When: Deadline is 30th October 2016
Where: Touring Exhibition

“We are delighted to announce Tight Modern 2016 is open for submissions from marginalised & disabled artists.

Tight Modern is tight! Entries must be 13cmx18cm in portrait format, with a maximum depth of 2cm. You can submit original artworks, photography or computer generated images.

The competition is open until 30th October 2016.

Our brand new website is also being launched alongside the competition; for details about how to submit work, our numerous prizes, upcoming free workshops and more go to www.tightmodern.org.uk.

A pdf of the A4 poster for can be found here.

For information on how to submit to the Tight Modern, and details of our fantastic prizes and the accompanying free workshops, go to our brand new website: www.tightmodern.org.uk.”

Artist: Chris Gray

“Hi, I’m Chris Gray. I’m forty eight years old and have a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia which is largely under control by the correct medication. I grew up in Littlehampton and I’ve lived in Brighton for over twenty years.


Early hand drawn images

I’ve been using computers to create images, animations, interactive pieces and music since the early 1990’s and I have a Professional Development Certificate in interactive multimedia design. One of my animated short movies was shown on regional television in 2002. I also have paid work experience in graphic design, 3D design / animation, video editing, web research and as a PC and audio / visual field technician.

I have recently had several pieces published in ‘The Big Issue’ magazine and one of my pictures has been included in ‘Letting in the Light’, an outdoor light-box exhibition in Stratford, East London.


Early Amiga images

I’ve always enjoyed drawing and painting. During my early teens I was a keen model maker (Airfix kits etc.) and later was very interested in painting and modifying role-playing figurines (Citadel miniatures and the like). I like to think of these hobbies as a sort of apprenticeship in form and colour and different types of paint and painting techniques.

I first got into using computers in my artwork writing programs in BASIC to generate geometrical graphics patterns on early 8 bit computers like the Sinclair Spectrum and the Acorn Electron in the 80’s, but more seriously when I got my first Commodore Amiga and Deluxe Paint. Since then I’ve been using a combination of digital and hand drawn techniques in my work.

 
Early PC images

I’m greatly inspired by surrealists like René Magritte, M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali, abstract artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock, a lot of ‘pop’ artists including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and ‘op art’ artists like Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.

I’m also very interested in ideas surrounding geometry and topology (the juxtaposition of regular and irregular polygonal shapes, symmetry / asymmetry and tessellation) and concepts from fractal maths (endless repetitions of similar but non-identical shapes and patterns etc.).


Photo-montages

My other influences come from many disparate sources such as comic books, science fiction and fantasy art (Chris Foss, Rodney Matthews etc.), album covers, tribal art from around the world, body art, graffiti and stained glass windows. I love using a lot of bright, clashing colours in my work.

 
Hand drawn and digitally enhanced images

My work is mostly about internal states of mind I have experienced, from dreams and nightmares to altered states of perception, euphoria, delirium, isolation, alienation, paranoia and psychosis. I am in no way trying to create photo-realistic images from the real world, but rather to interpret some of the things I have been through in my mind in a visual and hopefully pleasing, although sometimes disturbing, form.


Photo-montages

I have also been producing, mixing and recording electronic music for over twenty years. Over this time I’ve used a wide variety of techniques and technologies. I make tunes across a broad spectrum of styles from hip-hop to rock, mellow electronica to hardcore drum and bass, all from a very experimental angle. In addition I’ve made several animated short movies and videos to accompany my tunes.”

You can check out more work by Chris via the links below.

Online portfolio

Videos

Tunes

Order copies of his disks here

Mental Spaghetti Roadshow: PRIVATE VIEW – all welcome!

What: Exhibition – private view
Where: Studio 3 Arts, Boundary Road, Barking, IG11 7JR. Tel: 020 8594 7136
When: Friday 10th July, 5:30-9:30pm

Good morning all!

We’re having a private view of our group show, in support of the art workshop residency at Studio 3 Arts in Barking, and you’re invited!

Jan Arden, David Feingold, Lazz Ozerden and Marie-Louise Plum are showing 2D visual art for your delectation. There really is a lot of special artwork on show, in particular a massive wedge of never-seen-before acrylic on canvas from Lazz, and four of Jan Arden’s magnificently detailed, large-scale pen drawings.

The private view is a chance for you to come and see the exhibition out of daily hours, by appointment, in a way. You can meet the folks from Mental Spaghetti, and I’m sure the artists will also be mingling. We’ll have snacks and drinks, both alcoholic and non, of course.

As mentioned, this private view is for the accompanying exhibition to our current residency of workshops at Studio 3 Arts – creative writing and drawing, woodcut relief printmaking and plaster sculpture. Tickets are free and available here.

Any questions, email us. Hope to see y’all there!

Exhibiting artists: Jan Arden | David Feingold | Lazz Ozerden | Marie-Louise Plum

David Feingold

The artwork of David Feingold, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2001.

“There was a time when I tried to keep my disabilities to myself. That is, until it was nearly impossible to cover up my forgetfulness, poor organization, distractibility, and depression. I finally came out of the closet, determined to live my life to the best of my ability, with my impairments. Instead of hiding them, I embraced them. Instead of making excuses for them I prided myself in having them.”

If you would like to see more of David’s work check out his page at website.


The Bipolar Impaired Self


Look At Me, See My Pain


Seeing The Light


Hear That


Theo


Lizzy Makes Me Dizzy

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 are, and also a link to their submissions guide in their FAQ.

“Better, drawn is a place for people to share stories about long-term mental and physical illnesses, told in the form of short comics. The site is a way for people to write and draw about their experiences that might otherwise be difficult to talk about openly. In fact, we think that sometimes things can be said better when they’re drawn.

Submissions are open to anyone with experience of long-term mental or physical illness to share – whether or not you see yourself as a comic artist. So, if you have experience with these kinds of health issues, or if you are close to someone who does, then you might like to consider submitting a comic for the site. You can visit our FAQ to find out more about how to send us your work.”

Barrie Seddon

Today’s artist is Barrie Seddon, a mental health service user at Aspire Day Centre in Preston. Barrie belongs to the Bridge Creations Group and has submitted the digital artwork below. Barrie suffers from Bipolar Disorder.

My favourite of all his submitted pieces is this first one, it’s so delicate, lovely and free.