Artist: Laura Greenway

‘Abstract 20’ Laura recently got in touch to show us her artwork and talk a little about her mental health history. We particularly like her most current abstract work, and her use of colour. Seeing the square tiles of daily paintings piled up is a wonderful thing – a collection of emotions and mental states…

EXHIBITION: ‘Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness’

PLETHORA OF EMOTIONS II, Paulo Tercio 2014, oil on gesso, 75x60cm | website What: Exhibition Where: The Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham (more info here) When: 21 May – 25 September, 2015 Bit late to the party on this one, so I’m writing it up quick, quick! Apologies to City Arts in advance for lifting…

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…

Bedford Happy!

A mental health related arts project! In Bedford! Where I’m from! Ticking all the boxes here, press release below, read on folks… Is Bedford the unhappiest place in Great Britain? The national press may think so, but Bedford Creative Arts think differently. Bedford Happy is a project commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts. Kent artist Dan…

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…

Tempok

Diagnosed with psychosis six years ago, Tempok has submitted some words and art: “A group of masked scientists stand around a TV screen in a stark white room watching a small child while he sits on the floor playing quietly. What is he thinking? Does he know about the accident or that he’s in a…

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…

Jonathan Peirson

“I have suffered depression and anxiety disorders for 16 years which have worsened in the last 5 years leading to loss of my job and confidence. After attending a depression treatment centre 3 years ago I had the chance to do a couple of art therapy sessions which I enjoyed. Since then I have been…

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…

Adolf Wölfli on World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day, a day celebrated to raise awareness to end the stigma of mental health disorders and difficulties. On a day like today, I don’t want to spaff on about campaigns and statistics or what WMHD means to me. I’m going to use it as a means to tag this post, so…