Art exhibition aims to put mental health in the picture

A group of people supported by our mental health services hope their art exhibition ‘Inside Out’ will show how they have used their creativity to help combat the stigma of mental health issues.

The artwork has been created by people supported at Meadow Park, Fir Trees and Childwall Brook independent hospitals and forms part of this year’s St Helen’s Festival of Arts, which is taking place at St Mary’s Market, until Saturday 7 September 9.00am – 5.00pm.

The exhibition is the culmination of a project led by our Therapy Team, which explores how art can help people with mental health needs express their views.

‘Inside Out’ aims to raise awareness locally about the painful effects of stigma, through a series of self-portraits. The portraits visually represent how we appear inside, instead of how we’re perceived on the outside.

Lisa White, Occupational Therapist at AFG said: “The quality of the work produced by our artists shows the level of skill, knowledge and ability of the people we support. It is wonderful to be part of something that has had such a positive outcome for the artists, and which will hopefully impact beneficially upon their recovery in the future.”

Dawn Moorhouse, Art Group Facilitator at AFG said: “It has been an absolute privilege to work with such creative and interesting people. Everyone involved in the art groups has taken a personal journey, which is represented beautifully in their work.”

A sample of the work from the 'Inside Out' art exhibition

A sample of the work from the ‘Inside Out’ art exhibition

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