Rowan’s Cosmos

What: Art Installation Opening and Memorial for Rowan Morrall
When: Friday 20th July 2018, 1pm
Where: Recovery College, Wellbeing Centre, 3 Woburn Road, Bedford MK40 1EG
In July 2017, Mental Spaghetti, in partnership with MIND, ran a series of workshops aimed at young marginalised artists to create a collaborative outdoor art installation in memory of Rowan Morrall.

Rowan was a talented young artist who lived in Bedford. He suffered from mental health distress from his adolescence onwards, and ended his life at the age of 26.

Throughout this short time, Rowan created some beautiful works of art, which he aspired to build a life around as an artist. His parents wanted to provide an opportunity for some young people like Rowan, to develop their art and show others the talent they have.

On 20 July 2018, Rowan’s family and friends will hold a memorial service at the Bedford Wellbeing Centre to officially open ‘Rowan’s cosmos’. Rowan’s Cosmos is an outdoor art installation symbolising Rowan’s love of learning and travel, despite becoming more reclusive as his mental health suffered. The artwork created represents planets, stars, celestial terrains and imaginary worlds.

The official opening will be held on what would have been Rowan’s 28th birthday, and will additionally be attended by local MP Mohammad Yasin and councillor Louise King.

We welcome all to see the installation, so please join us at in the garden at the Recovery College to take some time to remember Rowan, and appreciate all the work that the young people of Mind and YMCA Foyer have put in to creating Rowan’s Cosmos.

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Mental Spaghetti in 2018

Happy New Year, friends!

Mental Spaghetti is currently on hiatus while we concentrate on personal projects. 

Thank you for all your support and participation over the past six years, we’ve had some marvellous adventures! For now we will continue to post news about artists, events and opportunities on our blog, so keep tuned.

Our lead artist, Marie-Louise Plum will be running more workshops at Free Space Project this year, so keep up to date with when they will happen via her website, http://www.marielouiseplum.com.

In the meantime, sign up to our blog posts (<<here) to get the latest news, events and opportunities from like-minded organisations. We will also continue to post about exciting and thought-provoking artists from the margins.

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Art, Power & the Asylum (Wellcome Library)

Helen Greig, The Foetus / Rebirth. Credit: Adamson Collection / Wellcome Trust.
Helen Greig, The Foetus / Rebirth. Credit: Adamson Collection / Wellcome Trust.

Please note that this series of events has been organised by the Wellcome Library, and will take place in the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection.

Art, Power and the Asylum: exploring the Adamson Collection

What is the value of art created in the asylum? Who does it belong to and how should it be used?

Join contributors from the fields of mental health, art, libraries and ethics for a series of intimate discussions exploring value, power and identity, and shape how the Adamson Collection is framed.

The events will taking place in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection and are drop-in events. First-come-first-seated – places are limited.

 

Naming the Unnamed

Tuesday 18th July, 15.00-16.00 (viewing of selected paintings, 14.00-15.00)
Should artists be named, or should they remain unnamed patients? Join Val Huet (BAAT), Michael Barham (Dramatherapist), Fiona Johnstone (Birkbeck) and Marie-France (ex- service user) to explore issues of sensitivity, identity and agency.

The ‘A’ Word

Thursday 20th July, 19.00-20.00 (viewing of selected paintings, 18.00-19.00)
Is work from the asylum art or medical record? What art history period does it fit into, if any? Join Beth Elliot (Bethlem Gallery), Marc Steene (Outside In) and Lamis Bayar (Dragon Café) to discuss how art from the asylum (and beyond) can be framed, and the value of terms such as Outsider Art and Art Brut.
Photography will be taking place during this event. Please speak to a member of staff for further information.

Read the Wellcome Library’s blog post about this event:

http://blog.wellcomelibrary.org/2017/06/art-from-the-asylum/

You can view the Adamson Collection online:

https://wellcomelibrary.org/adamsonartworks

https://wellcomelibrary.org/adamsonarchives

CALL OUT to fine artists/film makers, zine makers, mental health activists: Scratch the Surface Festival 2017

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CALL OUT to fine artists/film makers, zine makers, mental health activists.

Is film making part of your creative practice?

*Collective//Pod are looking for submissions for ‘30seconds3minute30filmDIALOGUE‘, a ground-breaking FilmZine which will celebrate contemporary practice, capture the provocative and vanguard, and speak of the art of DIALOGUE.

Film submissions can be either 30 seconds or 3 minutes and need to be HD Resolution. Please see the technical specifications which are at the end of this call out. Work can be new or old as long as it fits the brief.

Descriptive words: Dialogue, Art Activism, Protest, Vanguard, Provocative.

A total of 30films will be selected by the panel which includes Scratch the Surface – DIALOGUE 2017 festival Ambassador British Contemporary Artist Stuart Semple and Collective//Pod. Selected films will be collated into a FilmZine by award winning film maker and associate of the Pod ‘Baileyface Productions‘.

30seconds3minute30film-DIALOGUE will be premiered at the END//BEGIN – DIALOGUE exhibition in City Arcadia Gallery on Monday October 9th 2017.

Closing date for submissions is 21st August 2017. Artists included in the film Zine will be credited in the festival program and associated publicity. Submissions need to be sent to collectivepod@outlook.com

30seconds3minute30filmDIALOGUE will be launched on Monday 9th October as part of Scratch the Surface- DIALOGUE festival.

*Collective//Pod is an artist collective, the members, the majority of whom have experienced severe and enduring mental ill health (bi-polar, schizophrenia, psychosis), forge relationships with local, national and international artists across creative platforms and genres.

Technical specifications:

Submissions to be sent digitally or video links from vimeo/youtube too.

HD Resolution: 1280×720 (720p, 16:9 aspect ratio) or 1920×1080 (1080p, 16×9 aspect ratio)

Recommended Formats/Codecs:
H.264
HDV
MPEG
AVI
MOV (QuickTime)
MP4

We cannot accept films that are not the filmmakers/artists original work, including music and audio. Submissions are free.

So how much DIALOGUE can fit into 30seconds? If you’re not applying yourself, please do share with fellow artists, activists and film makers.

Please follow the Scratch the Surface-DIALOGUE events page: DIALOGUE

 

Masao Obata: Drawing Happiness in Red

The Jennifer Lauren Gallery is proud to present

Masao Obata: Drawing Happiness in Red

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Launch event 21 June 2017, 6 – 8:30pm
Continues 21-25 June 2017

Dates: 21-25 June 2017
Pop-up Venue: 264 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0JD
Nearest tube station: Bethnal Green – Central Line
Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
FREE entrance

“I am happiest when I am working and by working I mean drawing.”

Masao Obata (b.1943) only started drawing whilst in his residential care facility in Japan after the age of 60. Raised by his grandmother, Obata moved around many institutions before settling at Hyogo Prefecture for a longer period of time. His strong urge to create led him to source large cardboard pieces to draw on from the kitchens in his facility, as paper was not strong enough for him and he was concerned it would rip easily.

In the facility Obata could be found night after night continuously drawing often on both sides of the cardboard, completing one piece of work each night. He produced thousands of drawings before his passing in 2010, but many were disposed of by the facility that, in the beginning, had not recognised the artistic value of his work.

Masao Obata

Often creating in red pencil, Obata stated that for him this was the colour of happiness and fulfillment. The major themes in Obata’s work include family and marriage, both of which eluded Obata during his lifetime. He did on occasions say that the works featuring a man, a woman and a child were himself and his parents, and that he missed them profusely.

Women were often depicted wearing earrings and necklaces, whilst men were known to be featured wearing ties. His drawings also featured a characteristic attention to detail when depicting genitalia in his representations of humans. Other themes included things he observed: vehicles, landscapes and plants.

This exhibition is the first by the Jennifer Lauren Gallery and the first solo exhibition for the late Masao Obata. Bringing together 15 works on cardboard, along with a film of Obata working, it is hoped that many will get to enjoy Obata’s playful works.

 

Please RSVP to Jennifer: info@jenniferlaurengallery.com
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Gary Kleiner

@Gary Kleiner, 2017

“I’m Gary Kleiner, an artist based in Suffern NY, near a place called Hopper House Gallery, the home of Edward Hopper.

I’ve rediscovered my artistic abilities while being hospitalised for several months for depression and anxiety. Whilst resident at Frawley Hall, Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern NY, and Four Winds Hospital at Katonah, NY, I did arts and crafts. My mom – also an artist – brought me drawing supplies, and I was hooked.

My mental and physical health have clouded my view of the world. I have viewed the world as generally scary, and seeing others as being different than I am. With my view of the world being dark, I interpret it through colours and abstract shapes, seen in my distorted people and moving lines. I use some symbols in my drawings such as the cross which represents faith, church (religion), penises and vaginas, representing sexuality. I include some small writing in some of my drawings. I’m just writing what’s on my mind. The crown in my images pays tribute to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who has influenced my work.

@Gary Kleiner, 2017

I am a very creative and emotional person who uses art to show others what’s going on in my life. I see art as a major part of my life. Since I was little, I was always searching for meaning to my life, as well as being extremely curious about life and death. I have been using drawing daily as a therapeutic tool to help me with my self-esteem as well as trying to earn money with my art.

My mother, an artist, who studied at The Art Students League in New York, has been a large influence to me by showing me her view of the world through her art. She shared some of her world as an artist and for this I dedicate my work to her. Other artists who I admire are, Picasso, Munch, Basquiat, Dali, Haring and Sesow (a current artist).

I work tirelessly on my art; my goal is to take my art as far as I can go, as well as teaching other people how to express themselves though their art.

I accidentally got the woodcut look by surrounding people, figures and objects with black. I studied wood cuts, I have interesting older stuff I did after I got out of the hospital. They are supposed to be all emotions, this is what I want to express.”

Gary is currently looking for opportunities to exhibit his work. Please contact us at Mental Spaghetti if you are interested.