I have been working with the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham for six months to create a series of paintings that will help people to understand post-traumatic stress. Each painting is based on a personal account of the impact of trauma on someone’s life. The paintings show how people can grow during their recovery, show the feelings that trauma can create.
The first exhibition of paintings will be exhibited at the IMH in Nottingham from 10th October until 4th March 2019, before moving to Coventry, Newcastle and Lancaster, and maybe more venues.
This work will also feed into the IMH’s “Arts and Trauma project”. This will provide a multi-disciplinary and creative platform to raise awareness, and new knowledge, on issues surrounding trauma. Investigating a wide range of trauma, from birth to war trauma, this is a rare opportunity to reflect and gain new insights on trauma studies and the therapeutic role of the arts.
The Project is supported by Arts Council England and the IMH
Examples of paintings from the exhibition: