The story of mental health and wellbeing told through art at new Sheffield exhibition

Discover the power of creativity with exhibition that aims to show how art can positively impact mental health.

Monday, 2nd September 2019, 11:09 am
© Dan, the Art House Sculptures in the River Don

‘Four Years: A Journey in Art and Clay’, which features ceramics, sculpture, art, and photographs charting the powerful personal stories of the impact of art, as well as individual stories of wellbeing, is being shown at the Art House.

The exhibition demonstrates the artistic and personal development of wellbeing participants James, Ben, Sophie, Kieron, Elesha, Dan, and Mand through their individual journeys into becoming practising artists since the Art House opened in 2015.

“Making art grounds you, and brings you back to your good self,” said wellbeing coordinator Sarah Vanic.

“Art helps to connect us all, rather than highlighting differences. We all share mental health and can enjoy the extraordinary benefits of creativity,”

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The Art House is a unique creative space in the heart of Sheffield, renowned for delivering creative wellbeing activities in a welcoming environment.

Individuals are guided to discover and reinforce their strengths and abilities, which may include learning a new skill or technique, working with a new art medium, or being more active with their art work at home. Participants in the classes are encouraged to focus on their art and creativity rather than on any mental health diagnosis.

Wellbeing participant Ben said: “I would describe the Art House as a big friendly community. It takes you on a journey of learning new skills, building friendships and opening up opportunities.”

Another wellbeing participant, Elesha, added: “Making art makes me feel free, calm and alive.”

‘Four Years: A Journey in Art and Clay’ will run until Monday, September 23 at gallery, just off Division Street, in the city centre.

The exhibition will be open Monday to Friday, from 12.30pm to 3pm, and from 11am to 3pm on Saturdays.