Fine Art students will be leading an interactive community art workshop at the Town Hall as part of the Access All Arts event on Sunday (6th April).
The workshop is open to all ages and abilities, with chosen pieces inspired by the Town Hall, to be displayed in the venue at a later date. All participants will be invited to a private viewing of the exhibition.
University Campus Suffolk student Hannah Maynard, organiser of the event, said: “We welcome everyone to come and create a piece of artwork inspired by the Town Hall and to have it displayed in a public exhibition in the Town Hall Galleries, with participants invited to attend organised tours of the venue as part of the experience.”
Access All Arts is free to attend, open from 10am to 4pm and includes a range of activity for the whole family to enjoy, including and arts & crafts Market in the Grand Hall. Venue tours are scheduled for 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Access All Arts is supported by the Ipswich ReCreate, a partnership between the Borough Council, CSV Media and the eastern Enterprise Hub which is supported by the European Union and aims to boost creative enterprise in Ipswich. For more information or to get involved in the ReCreate Project please go to http://www.ipswichrecreate.org
What does a ‘Mental Patient’ look like ? For Asda it looks like a grotesque figure with a hideous face blood stained clothes brandishing a meat clever. For me my image of a ‘Mental Patient’ is something different and if I want to see what one looks like I just look at my reflection. I had struggled for years and undergone treatment for Depression I had suffered from a mental health problem but I’m not unique in that. As many as 1 in 4 will suffer from a form of mental illness.
So in case you have not heard Asda and Tesco decided that an ideal Halloween costume would be the grotesque figure complete with blooded shirt and meat cleaver. They then decided to label it ‘Mental Patent’ “so what’s wrong with that” some said “its only a harmless bit of fun” some declared. Unfortunately it is not just a harmless bit of fun. Imagery can be very important and what this costume did was reinforce stereotypes and help enforce the stigma that surrounds mental health. We already have people facing discrimination and fear of coming forward, this outfit just feeds the misconceptions and myths around mental health. Now everyone can make mistakes with imagery. I myself have used the “Headclutcher” image in a blog before something I regret as it does not truly represent who people with mental health problems are.
What happened next was an example of people power. As the image from Asda’s website went viral the angry reaction on Twitter forced the Asda to withdraw the outfit. The Supermarket chain apologized and explained they would make a donation to Mind. This showed that people can make a difference and also that people where not prepared to sit back and let this happen.
But this was not the story ended, twitter not only forced Asda to drop the outfit it then had the inspired #Mentalpatient hashtag, turning something positive from the incident. Thousands of people posted pictures of then self’s in their ‘mental patient’ costumes and these pictures consisted of normal people doing normal things. Because that is what a ‘mental patient’ looks like we are all individuals from all walks of life, we need to work together to end the stigma. And like I said at the start if I want to see what a mental patient looks like I just need to look in the mirror.
When I started writing this blog my intention was to share my thoughts on local politics and inform on other areas of interest. My hope was to regularly update my blog and keep people informed.
Now there has been gaps in the time between my posts and I have not been able to update as frequently as I would like to.
So I thought I’d write a post to offer a brief explanation.
Firstly as a ward councilor I have a responsibility to my residents. Even though the past month sees a reduction in council meetings I have been busy with aspects of case work for my residents.
As a councilor I also have the opportunity to work with other organizations. My work has included attending meetings and helping out with ISCRE and the North West Big Local Trust. I have also started writing for a ‘Writers of Colour’ a collective of writers looking to increase diversity in the media, I’m proud to have had some pieces published and have been involved in debate and conversation with people from as far flung as America,Canada and Japan.
As a father of a teenage son this also keeps me very busy as well. I hope keep updating my blog on a more regular basis.