This painting is incredibly private, its one of the first where I was trying out full figures, and flesh with oils, I was attempting to stay true to some of my pencil and ink drawings. It hangs im my bedroom, unseen by the world but reflects back to me every day. A full circle of paired down concepts.
Last week I saw a brilliant woman courageously show her vulnerability and she rocked it 🖤 Lowestoft babe @kelllyannbrooks you are a massive source of awesome & I will never forget the strength and kindness you have given me.
Just last week ideas telling some one that you gave me your mum’s advice “just hug him, every day, just keep hugging him” And I do & always will as long as he’s happy for me to🖤🖤🖤 Mumming done right.
What ever you are sitting in or running from #youarenotalone there is some one who has seen it and felt it to, maybe not exactly the same but enough to share common ground and authentic empathy. You may only ever read about it, but some times thats enough.
This week Im spending time thinking how to best utilise my time and words when Stepping way out of my comfort zone, on my way to making big waves 🌊 Speaking at Shedding The Light conference in Lowestoft. 22ndJune
I’ll be telling parts of my own lived experience of struggles and how I over came them, with a little #creative breakout too. Looking forward to it.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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