13 July 2014
C&I's service users from Isledon Road Mental Health Resource Centre in Islington will have their artwork displayed at Hampstead School of Art between 14 - 28 July.
The Community Mental Health Service is working with the SMart Network, a charity which promotes the rehabilitation of socially marginalised people through the medium of art, and they teamed up to showcase the work which had been produced by those on their road to recovery.
A service user who wished to remain anonymous said, "I felt proud to have a piece chosen for the exhibition, it gave me a boost."
Another explained, "My confidence was lifted and I have enjoyed the opportunity to show my work off! I may try and have my own exhibition or go to a college course to improve my skills."
The service users have access to the Creativity Centre services provided by The Resource Centre as part of their personal development and recovery.
The Creativity Centre was one of the first services designed and led by service users working closely with staff in the Trust.
The main focus is on the exploration of art materials, the enjoyment and relaxation, which it can bring from engaging with different materials such as paint and clay.
There are a number of artists at the Centre who come from varying backgrounds and being able to express themselves and use their creativity has had a profound effect on their lives.
One member said, "My world was once dark and bleak and is now bursting with vibrancy and colour and an inner vision that has thus far eluded me. Now life is a rebirth, it has brought about a sense of being a child, experiencing everything for the first time again wow."