In our first London event chaired by art critic Anna McNay event three artists whose work explores art and mental health will be sharing their deeply personal projects with a Q&A session after as a part of Creativity and Well Being Week. The event will take place on June 5th 2015, hosted by The Free Space Gallery and all £1 raffle proceeds will go towards Emergence, an organisation helping those with personality disorders. Click here to see raffle prizes.

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Daniel Regan is a photographer and visual artist whose work focuses on themes of mental health, the body, recovery and the patient/service user experience. His book project Insula documents a decade long struggle living with chronic mental health difficulties, utilising diaristic photography as a tool for both recording and recovery. His recent project Fragmentary explores the differing experiences of living and observing crises by combining self-portraiture with his own medical records. This work was completed as a residency at Kentish Town Health Centre with a large-scale installation of medical documents that confronted the viewer with the complexities of both being in and observing the chaos mental illness can bring.

Liz Atkin is a visual artist for whom physicality underpins a creative practice with her skin as a primary source for corporeal artwork and imaginative transformation. Compulsive Skin Picking dominated her life for more than 20 years, but through a background in dance and theatre, she confronted the condition to harness creative repair and recovery. She creates intimate artworks, photographs and performances exploring the body-focused repetitive behaviour of skin picking. Liz works directly with her skin as a site for textural transformation, using materials such as clay, latex, paint and pastel. She aspires to de-stigmatise mental illness, raise awareness and advocate recovery, by sharing her own lived experience.

Antonia Attwood‘s work My Mother Tongue is an exploration of a mothers experience with bipolar disorder, as imagined through the eyes of her daughter. By juxtaposing moving image on two screens, Attwood aims to illustrate and visually interpret how the illness ‘feels’. The metaphorical symbols create an attempt to raise awareness and understanding of the mood affectations and the phenomenology of mental illness. Antonia is involved with The Institute of Inner Vision which endeavours to bring artists, academics, & audiences into the heart of interdisciplinary art-science research and artistic practice.

Raffle Prizes

With a suggested donation of £1 that will be donated towards Emergence, an organisation helping those with personality disorders, we have two great prizes up for grabs:

Daniel Regan has donated a copy of his book Insula, which is a curated visual diary taken over a decade long period of living with chronic mental illness, including texts and medical records. Click here to see more about Insula.

Jim Mortram, the man behind the intensely raw social-documentary project Small Town Inertia has donated a beautiful b&w A3 print. Click here to read our interview with Jim.

Jim Mortram

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5th June 2015 — 7pm – 8:30pm
Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road London NW5 2BX