Yesterday I visited the opening of the Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness exhibition at The Institute Of Mental Health, Jubilee Campus Nottingham. Around thirty artists are represented in the exhibition , which is the seventh that the Institute has run in partnership with City Arts Nottingham. Works in many media are included; oils, acrylics, sculpture, illustration, photography, textiles and lino print.
Since the building opened in 2012, exhibitions have been a regular feature of the Institute. As well as this annual Summer open exhibition, they also hold solo exhibitions which offer a platform for mental health service users and artists who have a special interest in mental health.
Kate Duncan from City Arts explains the background to the exhibition’s theme: “We all dream. We have day dreams and night dreams. Sometimes mental illness can feel like a waking nightmare, especially psychosis. Art can help us see through our dreams. Art can show our hurts, our hopes and our happiness. Dreams can express the boundaries between the hidden and the obvious, the conscious and the unconscious, dreams and desires.”
One in four people will develop a mental health problem at some point during their lives. The Institute of Mental Health was launched in 2006 to help transform our understanding and treatment of mental illness. The arts will always have a dedicated space there, as making the world a better place for people with mental health problems is at the very heart of the Institute.
The exhibition, which now runs until 25 September 2015, is open for viewings on weekdays from 10am to 4pm. The artist who was awarded the Highly Commended prize was Gennadiy Ivanov, with Colleen McCants and Michael Hayter as commemded. More information about the exhibition can be found on the Institute of Mental Health website – www.institutemh.org.uk.
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