Service user art exhibition – The Helm, Lancaster

Following the success of their Easter Craft Fair, service users and staff at The Helm in Lancaster have been working hard to put together an Art Exhibition showcasing the work that has been created during the Art For Relaxation Sessions on Tuesdays.

Paintings and craftwork including rag rugs, jewellery, bags, quilting and collages make up the exhibition that will run for a week at The Dukes Gallery in Lancaster from Tuesday 27th September to Tuesday 4th October.

There will be an opening ceremony on the first evening, at which everyone involved will have the opportunity to speak about their work and their new projects and plans with The Helm. There will also be a promotional table within the exhibition, which will be manned by service users and staff on a few evenings in the week to provide information about The Helm’s services and so visitors can speak with the artists.

The exhibition is being developed in collaboration with other local services such as Help Direct, Creative Minds and Signposts at The Dukes Theatre. The project has also been building relationships with local artists whose artworks will be displayed alongside those of the service users. The exhibition provides an opportunity for people to display and talk about their work and the support they receive from the trained staff and volunteers at The Helm, and all involved hope that it will also help to promote awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental health.

All funds raised will be used to buy an overhead projector for The Helm’s Film Group, which will start soon.This new group will give service users the opportunity to make short films and presentations and to include other media, such as photography. They hope to involve local artists and film makers to share their expertise and experience with the group.

Later in the year, in October, the Lancaster services, including The Helm, will be holding an evening event at The Dukes Theatre to promote World Mental Health Week. This will be a ticketed performance involving poetry readings, live music, dance and drama and an art exhibition, by service users, representing their personal journeys. More details to follow!

It is quite an exciting time for The Helm! To keep up-to-date with all activities, take a look at their blog!




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