mental health

Art Fair: ActionSpace & Cockpit Arts present…

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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: No Mans Land

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What: Visual Art Exhibition
When: 23-26 November, 2016
Where: Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0SF

Mental Spaghetti art/production assistant and artist, Simona Pesce, comes together with artists Bill Dags and Terence Wilde, to present No Mans Land, a group exhibition at Islington Arts Factory, in association with Mental Spaghetti and UEL Fine Art Society.

All welcome to the Private View, 25 November, 7-9pm.

SCHIZPUP

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We were recently contacted by an artist who goes by the name of Schizpup. Loving what we saw, we took time to go through her tumblr page. What we found astounded us – not only for the sheer amount of work on show – but for how accomplished the various styles and mediums are. From fine art painting, Manga-influenced comic narratives, design, to traditional and contemporary illustration. We urge you to not only look at our favourite selections here, but also take a look for yourself at Schizpup’s tumblr page – she’s a ball of pure creative energy.

“I am Schizpup, a conceptual/expressionist/surrealist artist, born in the USA in 1995. I am a self taught artist living with schizophrenia, using art as an outlet for therapy. I consider myself disabled because of my diagnosis, and do not work or go to school.

I make art nearly every day. It is one of the only activities that makes me feel safe and keeps me from panic. I truly cannot use my words to emphasise the importance of this. I’m not the best at saying stuff without specifically being asked questions  on specific things. I do not plan what I make, it just happens. Then I look and say “Wow, look at that” and repeat the process forever.

I currently reside in central Texas. Most of my works are made using surrealist techniques such as automatism. They are created with a highly personal concept in mind.”

 

Exhibition: Marius Els for World Mental Health Day

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What: Visual art exhibition from artist Marius Els
When: 1-4pm, Monday October 10th, 2016
Where: Mind, Haringey, North London

Photographer and artist Marius Els is showing selected work from previous exhibition ‘Seasons of the Mind’, plus a new body of work, ‘A Life Time’, for one day only  at Station House, Haringey, in support of Mind and World Mental Health Day.

Marius combines photography, collage and mixed media to create beautiful and magical works of art. Don’t miss it!

For more information about his work, including an in-depth description of ‘A Life Time’, please visit Marius Els online.

VALERIE PANNIER

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I view my artistic practice as essentially experimental and experiential.

“My focused line of enquiry is the physical and mental feelings of synchronicity via movement and stillness, filled-up and empty space. I create shapes that remind me of the underwater world with all its fertility and mystery, and the symbiosis between elements.

I choose mainly black and white as a metaphor to my ‘everything or nothing’ way of thinking and feeling, yet simultaneously I actively compensate by searching for a balanced visual solution.

My 3D eggshell objects stem from the complex issues surrounding life and the transformations possible within, every fragment of shell found his place onto a new object. A reminder of how our personality is affected from childhood to adulthood and beyond, how it can be broken and reshaped.

My relationship with my work is intense, lonely, playful and personal, and short lived.

There is a feeling of urgency, to release something quickly because it cannot stay the same.

Automatically, I take that moment to its fullest, often destroying or giving the piece away afterwards as if my engagement with it has already gone.

I sometimes regret it as one might regret an old flame.

I have just been awarded a small grant from the Maudsley, to continue with my black and white drawing and photography works. I’m currently printing onto fabric my black and white drawings to add an element of life to them.”

To connect Valerie about here work, you can email here, here.

Art Opportunity: Tight Modern 2016

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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.”

MYFANWY DABNER

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Our guest artist this week is Myfanwy Dabner, from Ballarat, Australia. In this article, Myfanwy examines the ways in which she processes inspiration, the new directions and inspirations she is drawing on, as well as understanding the meaning of being a marginalised artist, and what connotations the term invokes.

“Over a month ago I was thinking about printmaking and mental illness, as a place to make art from, and to have a subject matter for Uni art school requirements.

As I do printmaking a lot and as I have mental illness permanently these were my easy and obvious choices; make prints about my mental illness.

Now after some investigation into Outsider Groups and their art forms I am looking at the art of children and the art of the mentally ill, whilst ditching a totally printmaking focus to allow art in more forms.

              

I go with the genres that catch me. I have gone to the art of my children, my brother and my own children’s art, my art made when ill, and just plain old improvisation and make do to make new works.

I will abstract, repeat, cute-i- fy, blacken, follow and break rules, stencil, and other endless ways to make art works. So far I have dabbled in jagged three-dimensional shapes with UV and fluorescent colours. Perhaps I will use invisible UV markers to write a hidden poem.

My work from 15 years ago was brightened with fluorescent pencils, and I have a returned desire to use them. I want to be informed from viewing the untrained, relaxed, strong, wild, gestural, naive marks of my children’s artworks. I need to loosen up.

The work I make is also influenced by mental availability, mindset, mood – the pain within, the love, the needing to form something. Generally speaking, high energy can cause some illness, it can’t always be maintained, eventually dropping into depression, getting a few weeks here and there for busy making.

In conclusion, my place to work from has not completely shifted from printmaking and mental illness but has grown to include the art of children, my children, as inspiration and that I may make art in a variety of forms.

I now also understand the term Outsider Art and the meaning of marginalisation. I am putting myself forward as acceptable with illness. Will I be only seen for my illness and thus marginalised? I don’t know yet. I do know though I am substantiating the art of the mentally ill by proposing it to my teachers as an acceptable area to draw from in art practice.

I am also putting forward the techniques of children’s art as acceptable techniques for making in art. Please enjoy the pictures, including monotypes, improvised work and art by my children.”

Visit the website site Narrator International to search and find some of Myfanwy’s short stories and poetry.

Follow the link to view ‘The Artist’ http://www.narratorinternational.com/dear-artist-myfanwy-dabner/