This October we held our first virtual peer group for artists. Since 2015 we’ve run 56 peer groups in person at Kentish Town Health Centre. This was our first opportunity to support artists online by providing peer to peer support on active projects.
Our two artists, Marie Smith and Kathryn Watson, shared works for feedback from their peers. You can watch a recording of the peer group below. Marie shared new photographic works exploring the idea of slowness, whilst Kathryn shared her illustrative deck of cards that explore lived experience and its value for connecting and training.
Marie Smith is a London born and based visual artist, photographer and writer. Smith graduated in 2017 with a MA in History in Art with Photography at Birkbeck, University of London.
Smith’s practice incorporates text as a form of visual language that addresses concerns around identity in relation to memory, death, and environment; in particular how geographies and spaces she inhabits shape her perspective.
Smith has also utilised herself as a case study to create a dialogue to reframe and dismantle concerns around mental health in order to counteract the invisibility that Black women face within this subject.
Kathryn is a self-taught artist and who uses illustration to better understand and communicate her experiences of mental health issues. Her artworks focus on experiences resulting from adverse childhood experiences and trauma, and together they form an evolving collection entitled ‘my illustrated mind’.
By sharing her story and illustrations, Kathryn hopes to improve understanding and change perceptions of mental illness, help others gain insights into their own internal power struggles and shed a light on the process of emotional healing.