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.
Since 2009 the Institute has supported a series of visual arts exhibitions which provide opportunities for those with mental health problems and others to exhibit art work which relates to the experience of mental illness, treatment and recovery. The exhibitions are organised in partnership with City Arts. To date almost 100 artists have exhibited their work in the Institute and many have sold their work. Themes including ‘voices’, ‘diversity’ and ‘identity’ have attracted submissions from around the UK which are subject to panel selection. The exhibition openings coincide with Institute events such as the annual Foundation Anniversary Celebration. All artists are invited to attend the opening event which includes awards for art work that is commended and highly commended. These are selected by guest judges and are presented to artists at the opening event by Dr Tischler and Prof Nick Manning, the Institute’s Director.
Further information, providing more detail on all the exhibitions staged with City Arts, is available here.
Other activities include outreach arts activities within Rampton Hospital, the Arts in Psychiatry Managed Innovation Network (MIN) which promotes teaching and learning activities for students, clinicians and service users, and the commissioning of a sculpture to commemorate the opening of the Institute’s new headquarters in 2012.