City Arts works with the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health to curate and present exhibitions. The shows explore the experience of mental ill-health from a range of different perspectives. Artists from across the UK and around the world share work.
The exhibitions are inclusive and varied, with an array of work from exciting new artists both professional and non-professional, both trained and self-taught. Through a supportive and accessible process, we give them the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience and develop as artists.
Since 2009, we have run an annual open exhibition with the Institute. Through an open call for submissions, we request work on theme closely related to mental health. Issues explored include diversity, trauma, uncertainty and loneliness. Selection panels have involved mental health services users, young creatives and academics working in the field of mental health.
In collaboration with the Institute of Mental Health, we present exhibitions by artists concerned with mental health issues and other forms of neurodivergence.
The shows focus on a single artist, or collective, and could be a retrospective or the result of specific creative project. Artists supported to showcase their work include photographer Colin Potsig and New York-based outsider artist Susan Spangenberg.