mental wellbeing

Exhibition: The Shapes & Lines of Beauty

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What: Visual art exhibition, group show
When: Until Thursday 19 January 2017, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Where: The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PE

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Ten artists explore ‘beauty’ in a group show curated by Peter Herbert and The Arts Project.

“A stunning new art exhibition on the theme of Beauty and the Beast. Service users are among the ten artists whose work will be displayed in The Shapes and Lines of Beauty, including striking images by a former soldier who received treatment at the Trust for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Shaun Cole’s work evokes the colours of the Middle East, where he served as a soldier and he credits his works’ striking use of repetitive dots, reminiscent of aboriginal art, with helping him to “bring order” to his experience of PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).

The aim of this latest exhibition in St Pancras Hospital is to encourage people to consider the nature of so-called ‘beauty’ and to question pleasing appearances.

Arts Project curator, Peter Herbert, who will be displaying two of his own pieces of work, said: “This is an exhibition bursting with warmth, vigour and imagination. Ten artists have produced work celebrating ideas of beauty and covering a broad spectrum. This is a fascinating concept and one that is well worth exploring further”.

Introducing the Artists…

SYBIL ADELAJA expresses the face and body as conduits to the inner soul though obsessive line drawing scribbles, which convey real power and forceful imagination.

CHRIS BIRD’s images which use rapidograph pens to create black lines on white with red colours have been published in THE BIG ISSUE and exhibited over the years. The result is a growing body of work responding to the beautiful and confusing energy of life in the big city. Within complex patterns the artist is drawn to faces in the crowd through which he emphasises marginalised people who inhabit the daily life of our city.

EDWARD BLAKE produces work inspired by a background studying architecture. These composite creations revel in layers of frames within frames, stained glass inserts decorated with flowers, foliage and texts of a personal nature.

RUBY BRADLEY is a self taught artist who contrasts traditional and delicate still life paintings of vases/bowls of flowers with new work, which develop into more abstract impressions of line and colour.

SHAUN COLE is a former soldier who was one of the war artists featured in our earlier ‘THE WAY AHEAD’ exhibition. Here, the artist returns with a wider range of work that evokes the colours of the Middle East, where he served as a soldier. His striking use of repetitive dots, recalls aboriginal art. This is artwork that helps to bring order to the artist’s experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is currently studying for a Fine Arts degree at Ipswich University in Sussex.

MANEL GUELL is a painter who evokes the spiritual genesis of an often troubled Spanish social and artistic history. His delicate work using lines and shapes is rich with references to the surreal abstractions of Spanish artists including Goya and Luis Bunuel.

RICHARD KABY had open heart surgery after suffering a heart attack in 2014. His change in lifestyle while recovering resulted in a new awareness of the minutiae of everyday life and he was challenged to take one photo a day pasted onto Face Book in a project i flower. Using a phone camera as his eye ,the photographer discovers the nature of beauty in flowers, both as they blossom and die, depicting the fragility inherent within the cycle of our lives. Using extreme close-ups, these are photographs by an artist with an eye for the beauty around us, which most of us barely ever see.

KATHY KEEFE creates hats and head wear inspired by a love of millinery artistes of earlier decades including Treacy, Dache and Schiaparelli. For her display, the artist has created a boudoir, set against beautiful backdrops of delicately embroidered transparent lace.

ALBAN LOW has a growing collection of portraits, constructed in lines with splashes of colour to bring out the warmth and passion of musicians. These are drawn ‘live’ by the artist during his visits to the jazz cafes of London. For this exhibition, the artist is also presenting portraits of eight musicians who work with the innovatory programme Key Changes. They will perform a live set on the opening night, curated by manager Peter Leigh.

GEORGIA MATHEWS returns to the gallery for her 6th exhibition showcasing creative embellished jewellery. With this display she specialises in harmony between line, pattern and shape taking influence and inspiration from nature, colour and materials of the earth.

The exhibition includes two installations by PETER HERBERT. One is a fantasia of a carousel horse leaping through rainbow coloured hoops and a second installation involves a log lady made from the trunk of a cherry tree.

Contact details

C&I communications team: 020 3317 7236
communications@candi.nhs.uk

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The Arts Project Gallery and Sales: Curator Manager Peter Herbert: 020 7916 8416
Operations Manager: Elaine Harper-Gay theartsproject1@gmail.com

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.

For more information, please visit:http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/courses-and-workshops/flight

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.

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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