Soul Searching: We would like to organise an exhibition of artwork relating to / exploring / arising from mental health issues, curated by artists suffering from/affectd by mental health problems, and incorporating a series of workshops and talks. The exhibition will take place across two venues in early 2017: at our gallery in central Mirfield, and at Batley Art Gallery. We aim to manage a series of weekly events relating to the exhibition throughout its two-month duration, which will be facilitated by artists whose work is included in the exhibition.
Our Artistic Director and curator, Mark Milnes, will mentor a selected group of artists who will have applied to be part of the organising team for the exhibition. They will use a resource called Curatorspace to source artists for the exhibition, alongside websites such as Creative Kirklees and other arts forums. The opportunity will be posted to other relevant local groups/organisations such as Hoot Creative, Pathways and Womencentre. The exhibition will be publicised with press releases, posters, banners and leaflets, all of which will be designed in-house and will be subject to approval by the organising team. Our aim is to highlight the beneficial effects of creative activity on mental health; its use as an exploratory tool and its therapeutic benefits. The opportunity will provide 90 exhibition days (36 at Creative arts Hub, 54 at Batley Art Gallery) for participating artists (an estimated 50 participants), across two well-known local arts venues.
Arts activities will include poetry readings, talks and practical arts sessions. For this element of the project, we intend to provide one two-hour session per week of the exhibition period, offering a broad variety of experiences for those attending. The sessions will be offered free of charge with a maximum attendance of 15 per session. These are most likely to occur at our Mirfield base, though we would be open to exploring the possibility of alternate weeks of activity across both venues.