A thought-provoking exhibition on self-image, identity and perception that showcase the talents of a young group of adults facing mental health difficulties goes on display later this month
‘Connect Through Art – Standing on the Mirror’s Edge’, presented by city-base charity Full Potential Arts (FPA), will be the second exhibition to profile Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s new Community Gallery, which launched in March.
Connect Through Art is also an innovative, arts-based intervention devised by Deborah Living and developed with FPA, promotes mental well-being through art. The scheme helps participants to develop the tools to move away from destructive forms of self-expression and towards constructive and creative forms of communication.
The group has created images using techniques such as photography, mixed media and animation to give visitors to the exhibition an insight into their feelings and experiences.
FPA Chair, Roseanne Crossey, said: “The Community Gallery is a fantastic platform for the group participants. We are busy developing ideas to engage visitors and are confident that the exhibition will challenge perceptions of people with mental health difficulties and help focus more on their abilities.”
The Connect Through Art exhibition, that will run from July 18 to November 1, is funded by Arts Council West Midlands and Heart of Birmingham PCT, through the Health Exchange’s Health and Community Engagement Grants Programme.
Further information about the project and Full Potential Arts can be found at www.fullpotentialarts.org.uk