‘Uncertainty and the Unknown’ – our latest exhibition with the Institute of Mental Health

Date published: 31 May 2019

Posted by: Joe Pick

Uncertianty & the Unknown

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City Arts has teamed up with the Institute of Mental Health for an art exhibition looking people’s experience of mental health issues. The exhibition is called ‘Uncertainty & the Unknown’.

More than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life and feelings of uncertainty are central to this. At present 40% of disability worldwide is attributed to depression and anxiety. The people taking part in this exhibition include artists with personal experience of mental health issues, artists inspired by the theme, and professionals working in the field of mental health.

The exhibition features over 50 works, from 42 artists, capturing different ways that people experience and cope with anxiety, uncertainty, self-doubt and fear of the unknown.

Madeline Holmes, Director at City Arts, said:

“This exhibition shows many different ways that people can be affected by uncertainty and the unknown. It includes work from artists with anxiety disorders like OCD, artists who have experienced psychosis and struggled to separate reality from delusion, and artists affected by the uncertainty surrounding our current political situation. We are pleased to once again be working with the Institute to produce this fascinating exhibition.”

Professor Martin Orrell, Director of the Institute of Mental Health, said:

“We are delighted to host another open exhibition in collaboration with City Arts. Each year the exhibition grows. It is clear that this year’s theme proved a catalyst for inspiration as we had record numbers of entries to judge.”

Works on display include: Claudia Milena González’s The Mirror, which depicts a woman with dementia struggling to recognise her own reflection; Ellie Harper’s Alienation, which look at how anxiety prevents people from carrying out everyday tasks; and Frocktopus’s Catch 22 Collages the creation of which help mitigate the symptoms of her OCD.

You can download the exhibition programme here.

Visiting the Exhibition

The exhibition runs from 5 June to 11 October 2019. It is open for viewings on weekdays from 10am to 4pm. The Institute of Mental Health is on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

The address for the Institute is:

Institute of Mental Health
University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Jubilee Campus
Triumph Road

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Bus route from the city centre

Arts at the Institute of Mental Health

The arts have been a key feature of the Institute since it was founded in 2006. Art can be a therapeutic activity that helps people tell their story.

Art can help to improve personal wellbeing. It can provide an educational medium to raise awareness about mental health and diminish the stigma associated with mental distress.

Several exhibitions are held each year at the Institute. The summer open exhibition is an ongoing partnership with City Arts Nottingham.

The Institute of Mental Health is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & the University of Nottingham.