Art Fair: ActionSpace & Cockpit Arts present…

What: Art Fair, £5 entry (includes entry to full Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios)
When: 11am – 6pm, 24 – 27 November 2016, Private View: Thursday 24, 6 – 9pm
Where: Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP

As part of this year’s Christmas Open Studios at Cockpit Arts, ActionSpace presents: The Out There Art Fair
As well as providing an exciting exhibition of contemporary art work, this affordable art fair also offers the opportunity for the public to take home a unique piece.

This year, Cornelia Marland is curating the exhibition. Cornelia works as a Curator, Project Co-ordinator and Workshop Facilitator. In May 2015, she founded Geddes Gallery, which is now running as a pop up gallery in and around Kings Cross London. Read about her experience as The Out There Art Fair curator in our blog here

“I was thrilled to be asked to curate the ActionSpace exhibition as part of the Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios 2016. This year the aim was to include as many ActionSpace artists as possible and since the art work is so wonderfully varied I thought an art fair which celebrated diversity would work perfectly”

Cornelia Marland

So save the dates!

Image: Thomas Owen‘s Artwork



Exhibition and Secret Sale – Silver Linings at The Koppel Project

What: Exhibition and Secret Sale
When: Friday 18 November 2016, 19:00 – 22:00
Where: The Koppel Project, 93 Baker Street, London, W1U 6RL

Please join us for the Silver Linings Private View at The Koppel Project, this Friday 18th November, when specially created artworks will be sold via a Secret Sale. Tickets available here.

This will be a unique opportunity to own an original artwork for a fraction of the price, whilst raising money for the arts and health charities Paintings in Hospitals and Daily Life Ltd.

The artworks for sale were created by trained and untrained, known and unknown artists.

These include designers, visual artists, sculptors, craftivists and stylists, many of whom will be joining us at the Private View, including Mental Spaghetti artists Terence Wilde, Jan Arden and Marie-Louise Plum, and Mental Spaghetti friends, Bobby Baker and Cathy Ward.

All artwork will be sold anonymously, only once purchased will the buyer discover the identity of the artist.

Tickets are £5, which includes a cocktail courtesy of our sponsor, Hendricks gin.

All artwork will be on view at the Koppel Project from 17-19 November.

Silver Linings is a collaboration between The Unseen, a luxury design house integrating biological and chemical matter into materials, psychologist and curator, Victoria Tischler and The Koppel Project. To find out more about the project and the event please click here.

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.


Help The Horsfall, Manchester

We need YOU to help us make this happen, and as well as that inevitable feel good feeling; you can select a lovely reward too!

Read on for more information on our project. There is a video at the end of the article.

The Horsfall… A new creative programme bringing together young people and the wider public with artists, mental health practitioners and heritage experts to improve mental wellbeing.

Who are we?

The Horsfall is a creative venue and programme by 42nd Street; an innovative and award winning mental health charity with an excellent 35 year track record. 42nd Street supports young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional well-being and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. We champion young person centred approaches that demonstrate local impact and have national significance.

What is The Horsfall?

The Horsfall is about beautiful art with a useful purpose. We believe that access to art and nature can radically change people’s lives. The venue and programme we have planned will enable us to work with more young people in new ways and to extend the impact of what we do to the wider public.

We’ve been inspired by the little known Ancoats Art Museum; a unique social and artistic experiment established at the end of the 19th Century by Victorian visionary Thomas Horsfall. The Ancoats Art Museum created opportunities for the most disenfranchised people of Manchester to experience beauty in their lives through visits to the gallery, attendance at concerts, classes in woodwork, music and dressmaking and countryside rambles.

We’ve taken his ideas and updated them for the 21st century. In our first year we will work with young people, professional artists, mental health professionals, makers and facilitators to create enthralling and powerful experiences for young people and audiences alike. We have plans for an immersive theatre installation with young carers, public art pieces, mindfulness and art sessions and even a project to invent a new flavour of ice cream.

We will lead the way local and nationally in how we work with young people to reinterpret stories from the past, their own stories and to imagine stories yet to come.

What you can do

Crowdfunding will give us that last piece of the jigsaw to make this amazing project a reality, but if we don’t hit our £15,000 target we get NOTHING… So, if you are yet to pledge we still need you!

Pledge what you can and choose one of our fantastic rewards. They give you a real flavour of what we are about and every penny will contribute to finishing the restoration of The Horsfall into a useful and beautiful space; a resource for young people and the communities around us.

Tell other people about our campaign through Twitter, Facebook and all those social media platforms.

Take inspiration from the words of Thomas Horsfall:
“Be aware of beauty and the wider world, it will give you the mental resources needed to find your way in life.”

The Rewards

No matter how much you can afford to pledge, we’ve got some great rewards for you. Of course, contributing to making The Horsfall a reality is a reward in itself, but we also want to say thank you, so we’ve used our creative skills to make you some beautiful things that money can’t buy anywhere else. We have had some great friends help us out too, so we have made sure to pay this forward and support our local businesses in the design and production of these rewards.”

If you’d like to pledge, visit The Horsfall pledge page. Seven days left!

Excitement building…Spaghetti & The Yeti Workshop – 15/05/15!

Dear MS friends, we are extremely excited to report our findings from our recent visit to Free Space Gallery at the Kentish Town Health Centre.

As you know, our next workshop – a very special one, led by poet and comedian, John Hegley, in support of the Mental Health Foundation during Mental Health Awareness Week – will be held at KTHC, in partnership with Free Space Gallery, and what an event it’s going to be!

I finally met the very lovely Mel, who runs the FSG project. I was shown around KTHC, a vibrant, community space incorporating bright and sunny workshop spaces, a creative outdoor space full of the fruits of creative endeavour (including a mini White Cube gallery – more info to follow in another post!), a well laid out, extensive exhibition space, and all the mod cons you could need to host a workshop, plus refreshments, and – get this – a mini inside/outside shindig after the workshop on the 15th!

The ‘Well-Beeing’ garden and creative outdoor space

Before I go on, let me remind you that although tickets are £10 (plus £0.90 booking fee) each, we do have an allocation of free tickets for mental health service users. So get in touch by emailing if you’d like to snap up a free ticket before we run out!

Currently exhibiting at Kentish Town Health Centre is Bernard McGuigan, a sculptor and printmaker, described as “outstanding” by art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon. Bernard’s show will be on during the workshop so everyone is invited to go up to the gallery spaces and view the work. Also on display is a photography exhibition, as well as other art works dotted around the site, made by clients of KTHC, and a particularly exquisite tapestry featuring local scenes of old Kentish Town.

Bernard McGuigan’s work on display at Free Space Gallery

Regarding the little shindig after the workshop, we hope to have some stalls with local art for sale, as well as wine and snacks, and possibly some food stalls. There will be music – perhaps even some live music – so do expect jollity.

That’s all for now, folks, and I hope to see you all at our workshop and shindig!

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 to modern music! Amidst the music performances, there will be comical poems around the theme of madness.

What’s This For?

This is an event to raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and to raise money to enable Borderline to continue to carry out their work.

What Does Borderline Do?

Borderline uses the arts and creativity to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We do this through art exhibitions, creative workshops, theatre performances, campaigning for BPD treatment and much more.

BPD is a severe and enduring mental health condition. It is estimated that 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with BPD. Those with the condition are often stigmatised by those around them, including those working in the mental health field. (You can read more about that here).

Many people with BPD are reluctant to accept the diagnosis (and therefore the treatment on offer), due to associated stigma. This reluctance to seek treatment, or even complete reluctance to seek any help worsens the individual’s mental health and can even lead to suicide. Shocking statistics show that as many as 1 in 10 people with BPD die as a result of suicide!

But Borderline are doing all they can to change this situation and to improve the lives of those with BPD.

How do I get hold of tickets?

By coming along you will be helping us improve (and even potentially save) the lives of those with BPD! You can get your tickets online or you can pay on the door. You can book online at:

Please email if you would like more information or any help booking tickets.

Hope to see you there!

PS. Don’t forget to save room for pudding on Saturday night, as there will also be scrumptious homemade cakes and drinks for sale!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party


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 or just turn up on the day!

There’s an expression “as mad as a March hare”, and so it seems appropriate that Borderline chose this month to present their fund-raising pop up cafe and art installation: “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”.

Borderline Arts is set up to use the arts to challenge the stigma around mental illness.  They will be drawing on actors from their associated theatre group “The Raving Mad Theatre Company” to populate a lively Alice in Wonderland themed tea party which will serve tea and games to the public.

Sarah Eley, the woman behind Borderline Arts, who is herself a long term sufferer of borderline personality disorder, says, “What we aim to do through our work is show that just because a person has a mental health diagnosis it doesn’t mean that they are completely different to everyone else.  We want people to understand the ordinary beautiful everyday lives that are still lived by sufferers alongside their illness.  It is why we are a little irreverent about the whole idea of madness, we like to play with it to show that being around people who suffer mental illness doesn’t have to be serious, it can be easy to have fun.”

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party promises Flamingo Croquet with the Red Queen, a treasure hunt to find the Door Mouse, giant flowers and toadstools, a miniature house for an overgrown Alice,  Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum carnival cutlets as well as a craft table, Wonderland props and a photo booth.  Not to mention tea with the Mad Hatter,  the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and of course Alice herself.  It sounds like a tea party you wouldn’t want to miss!

What is BPD?
BPD is a severe and complex mental health condition, which largely misunderstood and stigmatised. Amongst many other things, BPD often prevents the sufferer from working and from have stable relationships, due to the intense mood swings, chaotic thinking and destructive coping mechanisms. Although the behaviour is often seen as ‘attention seeking’, their maladaptive behaviour is actually due to their inability to manage and express feelings in a healthy way.

Is BPD Treatable?
BPD can be treated! Many people with BPD who receive appropriate treatment are able to learn to manage their emotions is a constructive way and are able to lead a productive, healthy and happy life, and often get back into employment. However, despite this, and despite the fact that 1 in 10 people with the condition commit suicide if it is left untreated, there is currently no appropriate support for those with BPD in Derby. On top of that, given the  recent extensive mental health cuts in the NHS, even the little general support that there is for those with BPD and other mental health issues is being decreased. It is inevitable that this will lead to decline in people’s mental health and even an increase in fatalities.

How is a Tea Party Improving this Situation?
The proceeds of the tea party are going to go towards the funding Borderline needs to put on a national exhibition tour of artwork created by artists who have BPD. On the tour there will also be creative workshops for the public and theatre performances. The purpose of the tour is to:
– Raise awareness of and reduce stigma surrounding BPD
– Improve relationships/understanding/communication between sufferers and carers/family members/professionals etc
– Highlight the need for appropriate BPD services in Derby and across the country
– Nurture artists with BPD, give them platform to exhibit and develop as artists and to find an artistic identity and a voice through their art as they are often isolated and do not have to confidence to do this.

To do all this, we need money, so we are holding this very exciting fundraiser to help get all this started! If you are able too come along or support us in anyway, you really would be making a difference to the lives of people with BPD as well as their families and carers. Not to mention you will have a splendid time!

How do I find out more?
Anyone interested in getting involved or in coming along should contact  For more information about Borderline, please visit Click on ‘Latest News’ for more information about this event.

We look forward to seeing you at at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on 29th March at 2.30pm! Don’t be late for this very important date!