Altering Images of Mentality, together with UK groups and organisations supporting artists with lived experience of mental health problems, have produced calendars supporting World Mental Health Day and raising awareness of stigma and other issues. By getting involved, artists have their self-esteem and confidence raised; the process aims to be open and inclusive.
The calendars are a collection of different art pieces illustrating what those with mental health issues face. They bring into the limelight the problems faced by people with mental health issues by addressing the stigma and discrimination they experience in everyday life.
We are very grateful to the contributing organisations that support their artists; they all get a mention in the calendar and free, hard copies in time for Christmas!
We have been successful in securing a site to show off the 13 pieces of art that is part of the AIM World Mental Health Day calendar. This is now on display at the Brasserie at John Lewis in Eldon Square, which is on the second floor. The staff at John Lewis are delighted with the high standard of art and were happy to keep them on show for quite a while. So get yourself along and see how fantastic it looks, as it has pride of place on the main wall as you walk into the Brasserie.
The art work has also been on display at the Hatton Gallery for a short period of time. We’ve also secured Wallsend Library to show off the art next year. Watch this space for dates.
We are always looking for new venues to display the art work so please let get in touch of you know of any.
The calendar is still available from this AIM website as a free download. We still have some hard copies available. If you would like one of these please get in touch.
The download is free but a donation to AIM would be welcome. We are extremely grateful to all of the artists who contributed to this year’s calendar and wish to apologise to groups and individuals who submitted images that did not feature in the calendar.
Thanks to Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust for its generous grant towards the printing of the calendar.
Background Information to a few pieces of art
This photo is a close-up of four jelly babies – one being a different colour, and was designed to highlight the fact that one in four of us has a diagnosed mental health condition.
Tall Ships Models
This is a photograph of model ships we at Hopewood Park made over a six month project for the Tall Ships Visit.
This is a group collage from Hopewood Park.
Darkness at the end of the tunnel
This photograph is in opposition to the idealised concept of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’; people with mental health conditions may sometimes find that, in the short-term at least, there is darkness at the end of the tunnel, and that we sometimes may have to pack a torch…