Re-Imagine is the first in a series of four online exhibitions. Each explores young people’s experience of mental health issues. The series showcases artwork by a mix of UK-based and international artists aged 13-25.
Young people face growing uncertainty and new pressures. These artworks variously express feelings of depression and anxiety. Some capture the experience of intrusive thoughts.
There is a lot of evidence that creative self-expression can support people’s wellbeing. It improves mood and confidence. It helps people feel valued. Many of the exhibited works attempt to depict a safe place, real or imaginary, a refuge from dark thoughts.
City Arts is presenting this exhibition in partnership with the Institute of Mental Health. Artwork was submitted in response to an open call. It asked for work which responds creatively to the theme of mental health. The artwork was selected by a panel of young people.
The work in this exhibition was submitted in early 2020, before the full gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic had become apparent and before the war in Ukraine.
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About the Institute of Mental Health
The Institute of Mental Health is a unique partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Nottingham. Bringing together healthcare staff and academics to lead mental health research designed to improve diagnosis, treatment, and care. The Institute has built a reputation for research excellence. Through its unique partnership, and by involving people directly affected by mental health problems, it produces research that will inspire change and improve the mental health of people locally, nationally, and internationally. The Institute has a public advisory group that oversees how it involves patients and public volunteers in its research projects and they are committed to promoting creative and artistic ideas and practices that support positive mental health. The Institute support wellbeing and dementia choirs, host an annual programme of art exhibitions and events, plus they actively support and get involved with community projects and events.