Feature image: Exhibiting ceramic artist Leah Jenson
22 ceramic artists and makers to exhibit work in response to their individual mental health journeys in support of mental health charity, Mind, from Sept 18th – 23rd at House Mill in Bromley-by-Bow.
1 in 4 people each year face mental health problems. It is founders and curators Candy Ward and Catherine Mountford’s passion for working together to build awareness of the mental health challenges and their love for working with such a versatile and expressive material, that has formed Tactile Minds; a not-for-profit ceramics exhibition.
We are greatly encouraged by the work being undertaken by Tactile Minds as we recognise how vital it is to explore personal experiences of mental ill health through the arts and wholeheartedly applaud them in their efforts to empower both participants and visitors in such a beautiful and engaging way.
This exhibition is to publicly continue the open conversation of mental health challenges and to empower more people to talk about their experiences with others and to have the confidence to seek professional help and therapy.
‘It’s marvellous news that the House Mill are choosing to support local residents’ mental health through partnering with Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham to raise funds and awareness. Our staff, volunteers and committee members are committed to supporting people with mental health needs and changing attitudes in the local area to ensure that people with mental health and emotional needs are accepted and included without fear of stigma and discrimination. However, there is still work to be done which is why raising awareness through events like Tactile Mind is so important.’
— Michelle Kabia, CEO of Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham
The House Mill is a remarkable setting for this exhibition to take place in as it steps away from the clean white box that art exhibitions are so often held in. Its historical context within the ever-changing cityscape of east London offers a distinctive chance to draw attention to this beautiful building and the heritage of Tower Hamlets and Newham.
All works will be for sale with a percentage of each sale going to Mind. Alongside this exhibition will be a pop-up shop with additional pieces from all the artists involved to accommodate a scope of price ranges.
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