Our previous exhibitions and activities have included:

  • Being elsewhere by Rinzing Kelsang
  • Art in the Asylum, Creativity and the Evolution of Psychiatry, at the University of Nottingham curated by Dr Victoria Tischler and Dr Esra Plumer
  • Here and Now - an exhibition for artists to express how their mental health issues make them feel
  • Some Heavy Business - dealing with the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression
  • Pugs in Space by Simon Raven
  • Realities by Rachel Oxley
  • Recovery - exploring ideas around recovery from mental health problems.

Recovery exhibition artist

IMH sculpture artist

Image of artwork by Jodie Beardmore

The IMH's 2018 annual summer exhibition launched on 16 May 2018.  Entitled ‘Traumascapes & Landscapes of the Interior’ we worked with Nottingham charity City Arts to create a new art exhibition to explore people’s experience of trauma, and to ask "Can art heal emotional scars?".

Around 1 in 3 adults in England report having experienced at least one traumatic event. Trauma can cause mental illness. It can also be a symptom of it.

The artists taking part in our current exhibition - "Traumascapes and landscapes of the interior" - range from people with personal experience of mental health issues to artists inspired by the theme. Their work captures a range of different ways that trauma can be depicted, or worked through, using the visual arts. 

Several of our current exhibiting artists have shared their inspiration and experiences with us, please follow the links below to read more about their work and inspirations:

Jodie Beardmore

Mark Carr

Sean Williams 

Emma Johns

Esther Ross

"Being Elsewhere" was an exhibition featuring work by Nottingham-based photographer Rinzing Kelsang. The exhibition was held at the Institute from 2 March 2018, launching to coincide with Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The exhibition ran until April 30 2018.

A sculpture by Ekkehard Altenburger, entitled House for a Gordion Knot, was commissioned to mark the opening of the new Institute of Mental Health building.

"Roots" by Angie Martin ran from October 2017 to January 2018. The solo arts exhibition by Nottinghamshire artist Angie Martin was entitled 'Roots' and coincided with World Mental Health Day.

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

The Olive Tree artwork