The Fruits of Labour

Since before new year I have been planning my next project, and while it is not remotely near completion yet, some of it is making its debut as part of (yet another) exhibition this week. The photographic aspect of the project is being undertaken in collaboration with a local arts project, Fresh Art @ Hillview (limited info here). You can read their blurb below.My role is to both document and interpret this transformational project. The documentary aspect is part of the evaluation report for the project. Meanwhile, I am also making photographs which will feed into the next chapter of Form & Pressure. The exact context for these images has yet to be determined, but it will continue to explore the themes of environment, social pressure and mental health established in the first chapter. I am hoping to elicit conversations with the participants of Fresh Art which will form the quotes or transcripts. The hope is that participants will give their own perspectives on mental health treatment and the role of creativity within that.

The artworks developed within the project (see below) will be on display in the Schoolhouse at the Building of Bath Collection on the Paragon between 31 May and 8 June, between 12 and 4pm daily. Alongside these you will find the before/after photos I have taken as documentary and an early edit, for this new chapter of Form & Pressure, which is being projected in the alcove at the back of the space (you can also see these below). The grand opening is tomorrow from 2.30pm. If you’re in town you can also come to the symposium for the FAB exhibition from 11am-1pm.

No.1 Royal Crescent, the Holburne Museum and the American Museum in Britain have hosted a series of creative workshops resulting in a remarkable collection of artwork to be displayed in Hillview Lodge, B&NES’s acute inpatient unit in Bath.

The artists are people with experience of mental health challenges plus their friends and family. The artwork includes collage and painting and presents such challenges in a positive light, breaking down the stigma often associated with this subject.

The original idea behind the Fresh Art @ Hillview project came from service users at Hillview Lodge who wanted to give something back to the ward. Providing fresh artwork will promote conversation and inspiration within Hillview and give confidence, new skills and a sense of pride to those whose work is on display.

The project itself has been run as a partnership between local organisations: Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), Bath Preservation Trust, the Holburne Museum, the American Museum in Britain, Creativity Works, Sirona and St. Mungo’s.

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