Illuminated: Inside Perspectives of Mental Health

The New Art Exchange and the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub showcases photographs by four artists who have experienced severe bouts of mental illness.

Doubtless one of the most long standing and deeply contested issues spanning the philosophical, theological and clinical worlds “mental illness”, to this day, remains unresolvedly inscrutable mockingly challenging the most judicious of minds.

The collection of works shown here evokes the different experiences of mental health by four artists

Charlotte Allchurch

Kayrakise Evans

Mark Lindsay

Simone Pinkett

In Nottingham 46,000 people suffer common mental health issues. (Nottingham City NHS Clinical Commission Group 2013). Indeed, Mental Health is an everyday common experience. One in four will experience some form of mental distress during their life, and most will know someone who is coping with a mental health issue. Some mental health problems are described using words that are in everyday use – for example, ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety’. Common behaviours and symptoms associated with mental health problems include self-harm, suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.

Preceding Mental Health Awareness Week and mutually beneficial in its projected intention, it is hoped this exhibition will enlighten viewers as to what mental illness really is, what it is to experience it and how it feels to be deemed “mentally unwell”.

Exhibition Dates: 27 April 2013 to 11th May 2013

Download a PDF about the show NAE_Illuminated_Handout.2