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Annual IMH Summer Arts exhibition – launching 17 May 2017

The plans for the annual summer arts exhibition at the IMH are well underway. Curated by Nottingham City Arts its theme is “Here and Now”. The call for entries is now live on City Arts website.

The theme is Here and Now. Our reality is a succession of unique moments, each moment impacting on our well-being. The annual Summer Exhibition is an opportunity for artists to express through art how they are experiencing and reacting to each of those moments.

The launch event will take the form of a series of talks and presentations from colleagues associated with the Centre of Social Futures looking at the applied arts, mental health and the challenge of mutual recovery. The actual exhibition opens at 3.30pm on 17 May and will run until the end of September.

The afternoon is free and open to all, however if people just want to attend the exhibition opening, this will be from 3.30 pm onwards.

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Photography exhibition unveilled at the Institute

A new photographic exhibition has been unveiled at The Institute of Mental Health, a partnership between The University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The exhibition ‘Dissimilar Reflections’, developed by local artists Mark Taylor and Tony Fisher launched last month and is open for viewings at the Institute building on Triumph Road in Nottingham from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday until the end of March.

The Arts have been a key feature of the Institute building since it opened in 2012. Art can be a therapeutic activity that helps people to tell their story. It can also educate and help to improve personal wellbeing as well as provide an educational medium to bring awareness about mental health and diminish the stigma associated to mental distress.

Dr Elvira Perez, Research Fellow at the Institute commented: “We are very proud to be supporting this exhibition. The Institute is a creative community and it is fitting that service user art has been promoted and will continue to have dedicated space.

The art that has been on display at the Institute has often created debate, it has brought colour and darkness in varied measures, and it shifts and influences the mental spaces of staff and visitors. This exhibition reflects Mark and Tony’s passion for photography and how it helps them manage their mental health problems and we hope you enjoy it as much as we are doing.”

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'REALITIES' exhibition launched at the Institute

A new art exhibition highlighting the realities of living with a mental illness is being unveiled at The Institute of Mental Health.

The exhibition 'REALITIES', developed by local artist Rachel Oxley, will be unveiled at the Institute building at the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus on Friday 21 November.

The Arts have been a key feature of the Institute building since it opened in 2012. Art can be a therapeutic activity that helps people to tell their story. It can also educate and help to improve personal wellbeing.

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Promoting creative activities

The Institute supports the use of artistic and other creative methods to enhance health and well-being. Dr Victoria Tischler, a fellow of the Institute, was appointed arts co-ordinator in 2009 to develop and promote creative activities. The institute has hosted exhibitions and other creative activities.

Read more: Promoting creative activities

New arts and mental health co-ordinator


A new arts and mental health co-ordinator lead and deputy have been appointed by the Institute of Mental Health following news of Dr Victoria Tischler's forthcoming departure to a new post at the University of the Arts-London College of Fashion. Associate professor Dr Gary Winship (above left) will take over the role with research fellow Elvira Perez (above right) as deputy.

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New artwork at the Institute


A stunning new artwork has been installed in the reception area of the Institute of Mental Health. The new painting above the reception desk is a beautiful large scale work painted by a Nottinghamshire Healthcare patient.

This oil painting was inspired by William Wordsworth's poem 'Daffodils' which begins with the line "I wandered lonely as a cloud". As someone who suffers with mental illness, the artist knows just how lonely the journey through illness, towards recovery, can be. If one reads the poem 'Daffodils' in the context of mental health, the artist believes it will resonate with many people who have also suffered with mental health issues.

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Edward Adamson Festival 2014

IMH arts co-ordinator Victoria Tischler features in a fascinating short video examing the life and work of Edward Adamson (1911-1996), a visionary pioneer of art as therapy, and creator of the Adamson Collection.

Read more: Edward Adamson Festival 2014

Victoria Tischler co-presents BBC feature on war trauma and creativity

Dr Victoria Tischler, arts co-ordinator at the IMH, has co-presented a BBC feature on the link between the trauma of World War One and creativity. The series of six short films also feature Baroness Shirley Williams, politician and academic. 

Read more: Victoria Tischler co-presents BBC feature on war trauma and creativity

Recovery exhibition

From Januray 2014 we are exhibiting Recovery, the sixth exhibition at the Institute of Mental Health, in partnership with City Arts.

The theme of the exhibition explores ideas around recovery from mental health problems. The concept of recovery is now central to policy and practice in the field of mental health care, but what does it mean to those experiencing mental illness? The exhibition responds to questions such as; what helps and what hinders recovery? Is it a useful concept?

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Victoria Grace Reynolds

Victoria Grace reynolds created drawings, paintings and poetry of a deeply harrowing and autobiographical nature, depicting her struggles in both childhood and adulthood. She died tragically at the age of just 33 years old. Her work is brutal in its honesty and haunting in her recollections. Victoria wished to share her work with others; we are pleased to honour her memory by exhibiting her artwork at The Institute.

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Art in the Asylum exhibition

A major new arts and mental health exhibition, curated by IMH Arts Co-ordinator Dr Victoria Tischler and Dr Esra Plumer, ran from September to November 2013 in the Djanogly Art Gallery at the University of Nottingham.

Art in the Asylum, Creativity and the Evolution of Psychiatry presented the first examination of the evolution of artistic activity in British psychiatric institutions from the early 1880s to the 1970s. Highlighting key institutions and influential figures in the history of British mental healthcare, the exhibition traced the historical shift from invasive treatments of mental disorders to a more humane regime in which creativity played a significant role.

A video of the exhibition, with narration by  Dr Victoria Tischler and Dr Esra Plumer, is available on the Vimeo website.

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New sculpture for Jubilee Campus

A new sculpture by Ekkehard Altenburger has been commissioned to mark the opening of the new Institute of Mental Health building on Jubilee Campus.

Full background information about the sculpture, entitled House for a Gordian Knot, is contained within the official pdfsculpture official unveiling brochure and press release.

Videos of the sculpture being delivered and installed are available on the Institute's Vimeo website.

Some Heavy Business exhibition

The Institute hosted a major photographic exhibition in 2013 entitled 'Some Heavy Business...' dealing with the subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and severe depression which often besets PTSD sufferers.

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Pugs in Space and Thursday Group exhibitions

The Institute has staged an exhibition of Simon Raven’s work, entitled Pugs in Space. Simon works across a variety of media including performance, film and painting. His work is politically and socially engaged and full of dark humour. Pugs in Space also coincided with an exhibition by members of the Thursday Group at the Institute building.

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