Susan Spangenberg

“Art allows me to express the thoughts and feelings that terrify me. The act of creating is painful but healing at the same time.” –Susan Spangenberg Susan Spangenberg is an untrained, self-taught artist. The majority of her artwork is about her struggle living with mental illness. Susan started painting and self-harming at the age of…

Exhibition: The Shapes & Lines of Beauty

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 Ten artists explore ‘beauty’ in a group show curated by Peter Herbert and The Arts Project. “A stunning new art exhibition on the…

JOHN JENNINGS

“My name is John Jennings. I am a practising painter, I live in south west London with my wife and art has been my life since the age of fifteen, although I have remained on the margins of the art world. I scored a mental health double whammy, having had a sister with paranoid schizophrenia,…

BEAR

© Bear the Artist Our guest artist this week is Claire London, also known as Bear the Artist. In this article, Bear explores the relationship of spirituality, healing, and making art. You can see more of Bear’s work on her Tumblr site, here, and buy artwork from her online shop, here. “My Name is Claire…

Artist: Chris Gray

“Hi, I’m Chris Gray. I’m forty eight years old and have a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia which is largely under control by the correct medication. I grew up in Littlehampton and I’ve lived in Brighton for over twenty years. Early hand drawn images I’ve been using computers to create images, animations, interactive pieces and music…

Installation viewing with added mince pies!

Back in October, in collaboration with Free Space Gallery, Mental Spaghetti and eight contributors* made an outdoor installation. Using plaster of paris, we cast, carved and sculpted our way to making ex-voto style offerings, on plinths, to sit in the front garden of Free Space Gallery. The collaborative sculptures are now installed in the front…

Artist: Laura Greenway

‘Abstract 20’ Laura recently got in touch to show us her artwork and talk a little about her mental health history. We particularly like her most current abstract work, and her use of colour. Seeing the square tiles of daily paintings piled up is a wonderful thing – a collection of emotions and mental states…

London: Walking to Wellness

What: Walking tours Where: London When: Various! See below Hello dear readers! Many updates coming your way soon, including a round-up of what we were doing in Barking, but in the meantime I’d like to share this news from our friends at ThinkArts!. Not strictly an art event, but an outing from an art group….

Guardian Interview

Mental Spaghetti founder, Marie-Louise Plum, and MS Comrade, John Hegley, were recently interviewed by Laura Barton of The Guardian. Please check out the article here – there’s some lively debate in the comments section, feel free to add your thoughts!

WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION CALL: Ubuntu Arts – ‘Lost & Found’ @ Goodmayes

What: ‘Lost & Found’ – Free Creative Workshop & Exhibition Opportunity from Ubuntu Arts Where: The Art Room, Goodmayes When: Thursday 30th July to Thursday 20th August, and Thursday 3rd September to Thursday 24th September Exhibition Opportunity: Ubuntu Arts are a London based non-profit art collective. Following their successful ‘Reaching Out’ event in March 2014…