I popped over to Kentish Town Health Centre last week with a friend to check out Free Space’s touring exhibition, Art and Healing. My friend is doing a write-up for the site, so until then I’ll just alert you to its presence and insist you go and have a look at it before it ends on the 19th October.
“An exhibition of work by art therapists and their clients showcases the diverse practice of art therapy and the wide range of people who see it as having changed their lives for the better.”
Free Space are running a free event on Thursday 3rd October…
• Make a creative X-Ray of your body Thursday 3rd October, 4-6.30pm (3 slots)
Art therapy activity exploring the connection between mind and body.
Facilitated by Art Psychotherapist, Maria Galvez
Limited places. Please contact the Free Space Gallery to book.
Inferno is a service user with Bipolar. She is taking medication, Lamictal and Clonazepam. It might seem a bit strange to add this but I think it’s relevant and important. Inferno is female, 35 years old and a potter by trade. She also takes part in creating other works of art, like this wonderful drawing. Inferno has signed up to the Mental Spaghetti forum as she, like me, is keen to build a community of creative service users.
“I am a 35 year old female, who just happens to be Bipolar, and an artist. I am a potter/sculptor by trade, and a dabbler at anything else that requires art supplies of any sort. Art is therapy, a pass-time, and an instinctual, absolute NEED to me. I simply must be creating something most of the time. I have been “officially” Bipolar for 5 years now. Although I know I have been most of my life. Art has been my saviour. I urge anyone, artistic or not, to try art therapy. Let those art supplies fly, you will be surprised how good it feels!”
Inferno’s website ‘The Demons Within: Being a Bipolar Artist‘. Please take a look.