We are really pleased to announce the artists that will be accessing phase one of the Support Hub project. These artists will meet once a month in a closed peer-to-peer creative mental health group, exploring their lived experience and providing crucial support to one another. The group is lightly facilitated by artist Daniel Regan and artist and integrative counsellor Jessica Mitchell.
Please note that some of the artists participated chose to partake anonymously.
Anthony Gorin is a poet and photographer focusing on mental health through his arts and personal journey. Both his photography and poetry come with a singular goal emphasising his mission to capture mental health and emphasising empathy for all, while showing people that beauty can be found wherever you are or wherever you go, as he likes to say— beauty, in normalcy. Anthony currently resides and goes about his art in Brighton.
Cara Macwilliam: “As a self-taught and relatively new artist my process is tactile, freeing and playful. I’m intuitive and my work is automatic in the main. Through various media I create worlds within worlds and travel to different planes of existence, which is a balm through the various traumas.“
Deborah Porter: “I’m a creative practitioner using art journaling for wellbeing and mental health with a background as artist and mental health sector. Working with NHS CAMHS, GP Social prescribing, private 1:1’s and charities. My mission is to bring Art To All showing Art Journaling as a powerful transformative work that I myself have used through my recovery.“
Fern Dyer: “My name is Fern Denyer and I have recently graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA degree in Photography. Documentary and fine-art imagery make up the main body of my work. I use photography in my day to day life to document but also as means of grounding.“
Ieva Alksne: “I work with clay and wool to create expressive intuitive pieces and tactile craft objects. My skills are self-taught. After graduating this summer with BSc (Hons) in psychology my interests are in how different craft materials are experienced by makers and could be/are used to improve and maintain well-being.“
Iman Luna is an aerialist, dancer and actor, and a graduate of the National Centre for Circus Arts. They are Artistic Co-Director of Out Of Order, a contemporary circus collective that blends physical theatre, dance and aerial acrobatics. Iman believes borders between performing arts are to be blurred and understood as elements of a same language. They’re currently working on a performance project on gender identity an performativity, which will involve the trans and non-binary communities with the aim to offer tools for reflexion, expression, empowerment and well-being through artistic and research activities.
Josh Edgington’s work deals with the personal, memory and trauma. Opting to work across painting, drawing and textiles due to the plethora of opportunities within the mediums as well as a given sense of the personal, Edgington’s aim is to keep spontaneity, intrigue, sensitivity and a childlike quality present in works.
Kane John Mills is a Devon-based dance and theatre artist (performer, maker/choreographer, facilitator, director and writer) who draws upon various art forms (such as dance/movement, spoken word, theatre, physical theatre, film) to make honest, thought-provoking works. He is a staunch advocate for inclusivity/accessibility and believes the arts are for all.
Based in Norwich, Lucy Edwards makes small ceramic figures that gently explore our relationship with ourselves and each other. Lucy’s motivated by the making process itself, the psychological insights that come from it and the sense of shared humanity she feels when her work resonates with other people.
Lucy Enskat: Performer, puppeteer and Artistic Director of Hocus Pocus Theatre, Lucy makes playful and thought provoking, interactive theatre; immersive events and outdoor family shows. She also works as a Clown Doctor for Suffolk Artlink visiting children in hospitals; East Anglia Children’s Hospice and older people with dementia in Hospitals.
Marie Smith is a visual artist and writer, living and working in London. Smith’s practice incorporates text as a form of visual language that addresses concerns around identity, mental health and wellbeing. Smith utilises herself to reframe the narrative to counteract the invisibility that Black women face within this subject.
Sunny Kleo has a background in Psychology but has always loved reading and writing. Her passion for words led her to writing a Young Adult novel in the mystery/comedy genre as well as short stories with a more adult bent. She is inspired by the works of Roald Dahl and Curtis Sittenfeld.
Wen Frank: “I work in different media: drawing, painting, printmaking and textiles. I have autism and PTSD. For me this involves neurological descriptors such as visual snow and face blindness. I am interested in developing work which uses my perception to explore how we inhabit the world.“