SKELETONS OUT OF THE CLOSET
'Skeletons Out Of The Closet' was a series of arts activities and events inspired by a Mexican art residency during the Day of the Dead celebrations. During this famous festival, death is treated as a subject to be celebrated rather than ignored. During this project these principles were applied to the subject of mental health, currently a huge taboo in our society. Using art to bring fears about our mental health into the light, we worked with participants via The Seaview Project and Recovery College to create exhibition pieces including clay puppets and concertina books.
The project included making skull mobiles at Jerwood Gallery, a pop up exhibition and event at De La Warr Pavilion, and a mini tour of our Creative Caravan which saw us visiting housing estates in order to help residents screen print their own skull themed T shirts. Funded by The People's Project and featured on ITV. 'Everyone's got a skeleton in their closet; we're helping people to make friends with theirs.'
Watch more of the activity at this link:
FRAMES OF MIND
As part of the Frames of Mind project funded by Arts Council, a 'crazy living room' was created to help explain life with a mental health condition. The installation was exhibited at Towner Gallery before embarking on a short tour during which the installation changed to fit with each new venue. The installation used UV elements that were hidden under normal light conditions and only revealed to audiences when explored with a UV torch - reflecting the fact that so much of mental health is hidden due to the stigma that surrounds it.
Watch more of the activity during the exhibition at this link:
Watch a documentary about the project at this link: