Mind and Body at the Turner Contemporary
Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Margate’s Turner Contemporary held a pop-up exhibition of artwork by young people around the topic of mental health and self harm. The gallery hosted drawings, paintings, photography and mixed media pieces by participants from the Mind and Body programme, which currently supports young people across Kent, Cornwall and Lancashire.
The exhibition gave a forum to encourage open discussion around mental health with young people telling their stories of how they have benefitted from getting support. A launch event was held on the Friday evening and attended by some of the artists and other participants, along with members of their families and representatives from the local commissioning teams and other partner agencies that have been involved.
Rick Bradley, Operations Manager for Mind and Body said the event was: “about celebrating everything that has been achieved by all of the young people that have been on the programme” and went on to thank all of those who contributed to the event. One of the Kent commissioners, Caroline Potter-Edwards, spoke about the success of the programme since its inception, noting how Mind and Body has been welcomed by schools and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) across the county.
The exhibition was officially opened by Beth and Emily, two young people involved in the initial 2014 pilot programmes held in Canterbury. They spoke about the positive impact Mind and Body has had on their lives since, with Emily telling the audience that she is now training as a mental health nurse after deciding that she wanted to support others around their emotional wellbeing.
The event was a great success with over a thousand visitors across the weekend.