21-26 January 2020 at Blue Door Gallery in Earlsdon
An exhibition of paintings and collages by Arty-Folks members
Preview on ‘Blue Monday’ 20th January 1pm
Blue Monday, the third Monday in January, is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. In 2020, Blue Monday falls on the 20th of January.
‘Blue’ Monday? Farcical! And yet….
The concept may be a gimmick and farcical but we can easily see how a combination of dark winter days, money being tight a month after the festive season and before payday, as well as hopes for a ‘new’ year not quite materialising can lead to feelings of low motivation.
Lorella Medici, Arty-Folks Manager: “Far from making the day sound negative and melancholic, this ‘Busting the Blues’ exhibition rather aims to inspire people to take action to ward off the ‘Blues Brothers’ (aka depression and anxiety), and make bold life decisions.
We all have good and bad days but there are times when everything seems so much harder and less worthwhile. What lifts us out of depression and anxiety are the things we truly enjoy in life like spending time with friends, reading a book, going for a walk, and hobbies like art with a group of like-minded people at Arty-Folks.”
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The ‘Busting the Blues’ exhibition is a showcase of the recent works created by adults with mental health needs who attend Arty-Folks’ four weekly groups and will be displayed at The Blue Door Gallery, Earlsdon (Unit 10 Kensington Court, Kensington Rd, Coventry CV5 6GG) from 21st – 26th January 2020. The gallery is open every day from 11am to 4pm including week-ends.
Liz Harvey, Art Programme Manager: “Our members artwork in this exhibition shows how they have stepped out of their comfort zone to explore what makes them tick, what helps them to enjoy life in the here and now. This was much harder than it seemed at first because ‘enjoy’ can too easily be mistaken with ‘consume’!”
Acrylic Paintings – inspired by Aboriginal dot work members mapped out what helps them feel grounded and connected such as important people and places that they hold dear in their minds.
Mixed Media – what exactly is ‘creativity’ and why should we cultivate it? These pieces explore how we can use the transformative power of art to nurture personal growth and change.
Oil Paintings – self-portraits exploring how we construct identity. Psychologists assume that identity formation is a matter of “finding oneself” by matching one’s talents and potential with available social roles.
Sculpture – The last Jigsaw, inspired by the artist Dale Chihuly’s glasswork our members have transformed single use plastics into magical and colourful flowers.
This exhibition marks the conclusion of three hugely important projects in the life of Arty-Folks:
– Peer Empowerment, People’s Health Trust, enabled us to provide enhanced support to our most vulnerable members who are struggling with hearing voices, intrusive thoughts and hallucinations. We ran a social programme that encouraged peer-to-peer support and facilitated meaningful friendships to blossom that will be lasting beyond Arty-Folks.
– Jumping through Hoops, Heart of England Community Foundation, enabled us to start our 4th weekly group Making Headway specifically for young adults 18-30 years old who are struggling to transition into adulthood.
– New Perspectives, Groundworks European Social Funds, we were able to support some of our most vulnerable and socially excluded members move closer to their chosen goals and to access employment and education.
We hope to see you at Blue Door Gallery!
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