mental wellbeing

World Mental Health Day: FLIGHT

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What: Workshops and Installations
When: Saturday 10th October, 1:30-5:00pm
Where: Tate Modern, London

FLIGHT – Celebrating World Mental Health Day
Join Outside In and other creative organisations working with artists who have experience mental health issues on Saturday 10 October in Tate Modern’s East Room to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The afternoon will feature a range of dynamic, fun and creative workshops and installations celebrating positive mental health. There’s no need to book, and the events are all free. Just come along to Tate Modern’s East Room on 10 October between 1.30 and 5pm.

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Creative workshops and installations programme:
(All activities will take place 13.30–17.00)

Arts Network – Flight of the Animator
An introduction to animation. Flight Of The Animator navigates people all ages and abilities through the world of animation. Explore Flight with moving images – let your imagination soar!

Outside In – Origami creatures
Come along to Tate Modern to celebrate World Mental Health Day and create an origami creature with Outside In artists inspired by the theme of ‘FLIGHT’ which you can hang from our tree, attach as part of our installation or take home with you. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Portugal Prints – Wandsworth and Westminster Mind – Kite making
Make your own kite from a wonderful assortment of handmade papers and recycled materials. Supported by members of Portugal Prints.

SlamAdArt – Kaleidoscope of butterflies
Give your wish some wings and join the kaleidoscope of butterflies with Slam AdArt.

Studio Upstairs – An interactive exploration of flight, journeys and sanctuary
Artists of Studio Upstairs invite you to join them high up in the sky in Tate Modern’s East Room with bird’s eye views of London, to explore, think, create art, look and discuss the themes of flight, journeys and sanctuary. Help create a towering installation, birds and other flying creatures. Explore and consider spaces which offer both sanctuary to fly to, and views of possible future journeys.

The Dragon Café –  Butterfly Statements
A watercolour workshop with the Dragon Café: In many cultures, butterflies are considered variously as symbol of the emotional psyche, faith in oneself and joy in life. Subverting the idea of the butterfly display case, we’ll create butterflies, and display them on the windows of the East Room, against the blue sky and add a message on the subject of mental health and wellbeing.


Exhibition: Artbeat

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What: ‘Artbeat’ exhibition from StepArt
Where: The Coffee Lovers Café, South London
When: 21st-30th August, PV on Friday 21st and Friday 28th, 17:30 ’til late.

“This exhibition has work created by people with psychosis and engaging with the Southwark early intervention.”
STEP Team, South London and Maudsley

Museum Overtaci

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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 an old psychiatric hospital designed by G. Bindesboll, opened in 1852. It now houses the art museum and the museum of psychiatry, an extensive collection of furniture, implements, medical tools and patient artifacts from the hospital workshop. The purpose of the museum is to “demystify mental illness through a thought-provoking insight into the fate and lives of people in an otherwise secluded and obscure world. It tells us a very distinctive chapter of Danish history, from a psychiatric point of view, and reflects the social climate of contemporary society.”

The Art Museum is on the ground floor of this typically overbearing albeit magnificent 19th century asylum. It houses over 6,000 works of art. Currently there are 850 art works on display, representing 86 artists, all of whom were mentally ill, the majority of them having been admitted to the hospital themselves. The most famous artist represented in the Art Museum is Louis Marcussen, also known as ‘Overtaci’.

Please visit the Museum website to find out more about the history and artists at the museum.

Breakthrough: Art in mental health.

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The other day I stumbled across an extensive archive of work by mental health service users in the form of Breakthrough: Art in mental health. I got in touch with them straight away to say how much I admire what they are doing and I hope they wouldn’t mind me linking to some of their images. I’ve not heard anything back yet, however I have found out that linking to their images doesn’t work (because of some internets dark arts code that I do not understand) so all I can do is ask you to please go and visit their website, and search through all the galleries, read their blog and especially read their National Strategy Group page.

Here are some quick links to their galleries, split into Northern, Midlands and Southern UK artists.

Northern Artists / Midlands Artists / Southern Artists