Plain To See – Members Exhibition for Positive Images Festival

@Artspace Studios, 16 Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry, CV1 3AU
11am-7pm Saturday June 20th
2pm-5pm Sunday June 21st

January to March 2015 members of Arty-Folks worked with local artist Trudy Rees-Marklew to create sculptures inspired by Grayson Perry. The exhibition aims to challenge misconceptions and stereotypes that we may have about people suffering with mental ill health.Plain to See Exhibition Poster A4 copy

The World Health Organisation describes good mental health as being “A state of well-being in which the person realizes and uses his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to contribute to his or her community”.

Our exhibition aims to
• break down barriers between people and demonstrate that mental ill health is an ordinary occurrence that could affect anyone at some point in their life.
• challenge the viewers’ first impression of people’s artwork in a way that will enable them to connect to the person who created it,
• highlight the rich and diverse community of people who are fighting their conditions through their creativity

The effects of mental ill health on a person’s life can be devastating, often resulting in social isolation, physical ill health, unemployment and discrimination. A medical diagnosis can offer relief by naming the problem but on the other hand can disempower by labelling the person.

We all need to support each other through difficult times which can hit us all when we least expect it. Just when you think you are juggling well, one more (even minor) thing can tip the balance and what can prevent a breakdown from happening is having supportive people around!

We are exhibiting sculptures by 17 members that will support visitors to recalibrate their perceptions of people with mental ill health; that a person cannot be explained through a diagnosis of their deficits and disorders. We are also showing an uplifting and inspiring documentary about Arty-Folks our members created with the support of Frances Porter of Eyefull Productions.

Refreshments will be provided. We would much appreciate it if you could help raise awareness of this exhibition and of our service through your social media contacts.

We are looking forward to welcoming you. Please feel free to bring friends and family. The exhibition is suitable for children and is wheel-chair accessible.

The Positive Images festival – which started as the Multicultural Book Fair – is in its 21st year celebrating Coventry’s diversity and rich culture. This year the festival will be running from June 13th to 30th with a massive array of events and activities taking place throughout the city, from historical walks to musical fairs.  Visit <a href=””>website</a>


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