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‘Here and Now’ is the ninth exhibition staged by the Institute and City Arts, featuring a diverse selection of work which captures a range of different ways that unique moments affect our mental health. It showcases work by artists, individuals that have experienced mental health issues, carers, healthcare professionals and others with an interest in addressing mental health issues through their artwork.
Kate Duncan, Creative Programmes Manager for City Arts, explains the background to the exhibition’s theme:
“Our reality is a succession of unique moments, each affecting our well-being. This annual Summer Exhibition is an opportunity for artists to express through art how they are experiencing and reacting to each of those moments. Our call for submissions to this ninth exhibition attracted entries from across the UK. The work selected is diverse in every sense, with some fascinating interpretations of the theme. We hope you will enjoy this stimulating and thought-provoking exhibition.”
Exhibitions have been a key feature of the Institute building since it opened in 2012. Art can be a therapeutic activity that helps people to tell their story and it can also educate and help to improve personal wellbeing.
Professor Paul Crawford, Director of the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute commented:
“We are very proud to be supporting local artists and service users. The Institute is a creative community and it’s fitting that service user art has been promoted and will continue to have dedicated space. The art that has been on display has often created debate. It has brought colour and darkness in varied measures and it shifts and influences the mental spaces of staff and visitors.”
‘Here and Now’ will run from 17 May to 29 September 2017 and entrance is free. It is open for viewings on weekdays from 10am to 4pm. More information can be found on the Institute of Mental Health website.