Watch ‘Inner Minds’ – An Online Workshop About Exploring Your Mental Health Through Drawing

Date published: 20 Mar 2023

Posted by: Joe Pick

Illustration of a head with houses, hills and plants in it

Create a self-portrait with a twist in this fun and engaging online workshop with artist Edwina Kung, originally broadcast live on 15 March 2023.

Edwina is currently exhibiting at the Institute of Mental Health. The exhibition is produced by City Arts. Edwina’s work explores mental health and the workings of the mind. She sees her drawings as a safe place to re-frame, reconstruct, and make sense of her experiences.

Using a range of different mark-making techniques, Edwina will show you how to build your own safe space through art. Your finished art piece will be a tool for self-exploration and way to share stories about your experiences.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Institute of Mental Health.

How it works

If you want to follow along with the workshop, you will need to have these materials on hand:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Drawing materials (such as colour pencils, pastels, acrylic)

About the artist

Edwina Kung is an illustrator, fine artist and printmaker. Inspired by personal experience, Edwina’s art explores how we create meaningful relationships with people, memories and places.

She has her own artistic language. Her work combines texture, mark-making and weaving. Traces of the creation process are left in the work, reflecting the thought processes that underpin it.

Edwina was educated in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the USA and UK. She completed her MFA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University.

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.