Stigma art exhibition

Stigma is an exhibition being held during Mental Health Awareness Month - May  2020. It brings together the work of artists with one common passion to break the stigma around mental health.

Out of the 28 artists who's work is in this show - Some have diagnosed mental illnesses, others experience a range of mental health problems and others still are artists interested in the impact that engaging in the arts can have upon a person's or humanities collective mental health.

This show will be varied in nature, some of the work was made as catharsis, some to elicit empathy and acknowledge shared experience but all with the same common theme: to open up conversations around mental health and to raise awareness and break the stigma. Once mental illness and mental health problems are normalised - the stigma will be eradicated - we want to help bring these conversations out into the open through the sharing of this work. 

This event will only be able to take place through your generous donations. Donations of time, in kind support and money to enable us to put on the exhibition. We need help to do publicity, host the exhibition and transportation costs. None of the artists involved will be profiting directly from this exhibition. Any profits created will be given to Mind - to enable them to continue their great work providing information and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. 

Art has the power to heal. Art has the power to transmute base metals into gold and that is what this exhibition is all about. Turning our pains and problems into something with agency and enabling us to live empowered lives. Giving voice to the often unheard and as such encouraging debate and eliciting understanding. We are just like you - except we also bring a gift with our art - we let you into our worlds.

I oftentimes here the adage "but that's not art - I could do that." - the very fact however that you didn't is what makes it art in the first place.

The difference between an artist and a none artist is not talent or skill - it's the fact that an artist MAKES and a none artist does not. A great teacher of mine once said - if you can pick up a pencil you can learn to draw. If you make a piece of art you are an artist. Whether someone thinks it's good or not is irrelevant. Even if the maker doesn't think it's good is irrelevant. That is the beauty of art - it is subjective. What touches one does not necessarily touch another. It means something. It means you created. It means you are an artist.

The work in this show is varied. Some artists went to art school and some did not. Some artists are professionals - meaning their career is in the arts - and some are not.

If anything or anyone in this show has made a difference to your life or inspired you in some way, or if you or a loved one is negatively affected by or has a passion for mental health - please share our Go fund me Page and if you can afford it - please do donate to enable us to put on this show and to help us break the stigma surrounding mental health


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Tim J Burgess 
Bristol, South West England, United Kingdom
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