'Imaginings' art show of service user insights

When: Monday 21 May to Monday 4 June 2018
Where: Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, London N8 9JA

Around 60 art exhibits reflecting the imagination of service users and their different life experiences, thinking processes and insights are on display at a special exhibition at Hornsey Library for two weeks from today (Mon 21 May). Hornsey Library is at Haringey Park, London N8 9JA.

The “Imaginings” exhibition showcases a variety of artworks, including many abstract paintings, by 25 service users who attend the Creativity Centre at Isledon Road Mental Health Recovery Centre, Holloway. Amongst the support offered by the centre is the promotion of the value of art for therapy and wellbeing.

The title for the exhibition arose out of a discussion based on service users’ individual art work, with agreement that the title reflected the fact that art came from different people’s imagination.

The Creativity Centre at Isledon Road is a place where service users can experiment with colour, paint, clay, line and form to express feelings that otherwise would find no outlet.

They are supported in experimenting and acquiring different skills, techniques and abilities and where they are encouraged to learn new things about visual awareness as a community. In turn this gives shape to feelings.

Amongst artists showcasing their work is Matt Barrell who has received recent external interest in a graphic novel-style booklet he has produced depicting 24 different mental health conditions.

Another exhibitor, Cheryl Tscherewik, said: “Creativity is a good way to express my thoughts within. Some people like to write but I like to create visual images. I can be absorbed by it.”

Sue Lyons another artist at Isledon Road added: “Painting helps to ease my mind and gives me a purpose and without it I would be lost.” The exhibition is open to all library visitors other than at 6pm on Tuesday 22 May when there is a private view.

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