Martin Ramirez.

“Martín Ramírez (1895–1963) created nearly 300 drawings of remarkable visual clarity and expressive power within the confines of DeWitt State Hospital in northern California, where he resided the last 15 years of his life. Ramírez has been codified primarily as a “schizophrenic artist”; this project goes beyond the boundaries of Ramirez’s diagnosis of mental illness…

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…

Back from the island.

Hello folks, I’ve been in the Outer Hebrides enjoying the sights of sheep, peat and sea. At the moment it’s only me posting on here so while I’m away the blog is quiet. I’ve got some updates coming up so please keep your peepers open, one thing to look out for is a winning combination…

Karen May Sorensen.

Karen May Sorensen is astounding. She is an artist, living with schizoaffective disorder for the past twenty years, and has produced an amazing body of work. I’ve got to say I’m a little bit biased when it comes to Karen’s work as it reminds me of all my favourite art – folk art, outsider art,…

Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc.

“Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc., is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit incorporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and networking purposes to promote, develop, and support international art therapy initiatives and the work of art therapists worldwide.  ATWB was founded in April 2010 to meet the need for an organization dedicated to a global art therapy…

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…

Friday Wainfest.

Brain not up for a well-considered write up so for today’s entry we’ll have a lot of Louis. Louis Wain. Both mental* and not. *Don’t tell me off for the use of this word. I favour it and am not using it in a derogatory manner. I stole images from all over the place to…

Museum Overtaci

I was recently told about an exhibition of art in mental health, by service users, happening in Denmark. The teller was also kind enough to supply a link to the museum so, with not a minute to waste, I stick it up here on the blog. Museum Overtaci is situated in Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov. It is…

Louis Wain

I’m sure that for many of you English illustrator and artist Louis Wain (1860-1939) needs no introduction. His saucer-eyed cats are top-notch beautiful magic-realism for some but trashy biscuit tin tat for others. I’m in the first group, I love Louis Wain and if I ever had enough pennies to buy one of his first…