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New autumn arts exhibition

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The Institute of Mental Health marked World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October with the launch of a new arts exhibition.

‘Roots’ – a solo arts exhibition by Nottinghamshire artist Angie Martin – opened at the Institute building on 10 October 2017 and runs until January 2018.

The exhibition considers the concept of recovery in mental health, drawing parallels with nature and the need to nourish the roots and encourage growth.

World Mental Health Day, according to the Mental Health Foundation, provides an opportunity ‘for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide’. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is mental health in the workplace.

Angie Martin said: “Painting has taught me to be ‘here now’ and how to connect to my ‘natural self’. My paintings mirror the connection between nourishment for the growth, individuality and beauty of trees and humans.”

The Institute has an ongoing calendar of art exhibitions in order to provide a platform for mental health service users and artists who have a special interest in mental health to show their work. ‘Roots’ is the tenth major exhibition staged by the Institute.

Elvira Perez Vallejos, IMH Deputy Lead for Arts and Mental Health, said: “Exhibitions 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 and it can also educate and help to improve personal wellbeing. We are very much looking forward to seeing the collection of Angie’s inspirational and thought-provoking artworks.”

Entrance to the autumn/winter exhibition is free. It is open for viewings on weekdays from 10am to 4pm.