Making Waves

World Ocean Day, a prompt to give some insight to my work.🌊

 

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This is the illustration vain of y work, designed to make people think more kindly about themselves forevertoofar.com/
Detail of a work in progress, oil paint on canvas.

 

 

 

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‘Shedding the Light’ : Conference June 2018

‘Shedding the Light’ on Loneliness & Isolation. Lowestoft

Throughout this event we will be hearing from a range of speakers on the subject of loneliness and isolation, we know that mental health is made worse and can be caused by isolation. Including my self, giving a talk on my varied lived experience of loneliness, with my own brand of gritty and playful break out session too.

ON MY OWN!

I have once before spoken at a conference, I had my work to back me up, Making a pop up Exhibition from work from Finding a Voice 2017 I wasn’t speaking alone on stage either. READ further thepsychologist.bps.org.uk This time it’s just me and Im jumping in with two feet.

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Shot of the Pop up Exhibition of my work for the Creative Collaboration Conference

I could continue only exhibiting my work in an ordinary but vibrant standard exhibition format, it would be valid and worth while. However I found this voice, a way of speaking and making that playfully gets uncomfortable truths out in the open.

The concept of What Finding a Voice is… is tricky because of the raw nature of its content and my unwillingness to let it just be an art exhibition. Meshing together art and services in a gallery setting has its sticky points, but I honestly feel it is part of a dynamic way to make changes with in services is to shift stigma about  mental health, collaboration and perhaps about “stuffy artsy fartys” exhibitions.
To get the most out of FAV18 Im being bold and talking more. Exhilarating and exhausting but totally worth it.

Come join us on the Day

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Conference Tickets and info on Facebook and EventBrite linksfacebook.com/event or www.eventbrite.co.uk.tickets

Fri 22 June 2018

10:00 – 16:00 BST

Location

LOCATION

Waterlane Leisure Centre

Water Lane

Lowestoft

NR32 2NH

What Finding a Voice is…

Finding a Voice 18 is a follow on from FAV17, I put on the exhibition to celebrate “discharge” from services. Having explored vigorously with paint I wanted to share the space with another maker, Jan Goldsworthy, an art psychotherapist at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT). This collaboration was a dialogue, The Good, Bad & Ugly or parenting and mental health.

The next project is under way, I’m looking for other parent makers to platform along side my ongoing practice. This year’s exhibition focus is on education. Since doing FAV17 I have taken my work from the show to a conference  ‘Creativity in co-production’ at the King’s Centre in Norwich and to the UEA to teach part of the Domestic Abuse unit for the 3rd Year Clinical Psychology Students.

It is my goal to change how family mental health is viewed by professionals before they work with families, by exposing them to their own emotional reactions.

I will be holding bespoke workshops similar to this type of teaching along side FAV18 for different areas of services and education.   The Compass Outreach Team  approach kept me and my son together, when I hit a crisis point we leaned into it in a way that is impossible with children’s services and linear behaviour programmes. Our difficult days and hard work was met with robust therapeutic support that enabled lasting change for the good.

The exhibition is an space I would like to open up to the regions therapists to use to explore themes raised by the work with their own “clients”. Plus offer the space for professional reflective practices & exploitive sessions for NFST service staff.

For more information on workshops & bookings please contact findingavoice@yahoo.com

The exhibition will be open

Tuesday 16th -Saturday 27th October, 9 – 5pm

Anteros Gallery, 11-15 Fye Bridge St, Norwich NR3 1LJ

We are trying the funding lottery,though if you would like to contribute please do so here gofundme.com/findingavoice-18