Open Shutters
We did it
On 9th July 2018 we successfully raised £443 with 6 supporters in 56 days

A photographic portrait exhibition highlighting the positive impacts that mental illness can have on people's lives.

by Robert Cragg and Lisa Marie Gee in Oldham, England, United Kingdom

The Open Shutters Project celebrates people who have lived with mental health issues  but have gone on to lead full and satisfying lives - not in spite of their mental health journey but through taking the positives from that experience. 

Campaigns that seek to remove the stigma of mental illness are great, and we fully support them, but Open Shutters wants to go beyond that, and recognise that many people feel that their mental illness has actually been turned to their advantage, and led them down new career paths, or given them new or deeper insights.

Open Shutters will be staging an exhibition in Gallery Oldham opening on September 15th  and running until 10th November, and there will be a special event for World Mental Health Day on October 10th. There will also be a book to accompany the exhibition.

The Crowdfunder is to create  community of support for the project, to seek funding for project costs including the  exhibition  e.g printing and framing 25 large portraits, printing exhibition guides and an accompanying book,  and to enable the work of the project to continue after the exhibition.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more


We're keen to build a community of supporters who can spread the message that mental illness can bring with it strength and direction . By becoming a supporter, you will join our mailing list and be the first to hear about any new developments . Ambassadors will also get a logo, by email, to use on their website and social media.

£20 or more


Our Supporters will join our community of Ambassadors, and will also get a public thank you on our website, Facebook page and in our project newsletter

£50 or more

1 of 25 claimed

VIP Supporters

In addition to the rewards for Ambassadors and Supporters, our VIPs will receive two ticket for a VIP reception at Gallery Oldham to be held on World Mental Health Day on Wednesday October 10th.

£99 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Project Patron

As well as the rewards for Ambassadors and Supporters, our Patrons get a very special reward. A professional studio shoot with the exhibition's photographer Lisa Marie Gee, and a framed fine art A4 print. This has a normal retail value of £150.

£199 or more

1 of 25 claimed

Sponsor a Portrait

In addition to being an Ambassador and Supporter, our Portrait Sponsors will sponsor one of the exhibition portraits. Their personal or company information will be displayed by their portrait and in the exhibition material. At the close of the exhibition, their portrait will be theirs to keep.

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