Our Current Project
The Effects Of The Virus
EXHIBITION - 3rd, 4th, 5th October 2021.
We are still welcoming new participants until September 15th 2021. 10 or so artists have now develop their artworks. The exhibition for this project is on Sunday 3rd October at the Hamworthy Liberal hall, 243 Blandford road, Poole, BH15 4AZ - ( 10am -12pm for the participants only) - 12pm-4pm the public is very much welcome to come and mingle with the artists. Tea, coffee, cake and sandwiches on offer for small donation.
All the artists are allow to present 3 pieces in 3 different media and they have the option to sell their artwork if they wish to.
A second exhibition will take place on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th October 2021, (10am-4pm) in a smaller venue at the Eco Hub, next to Wilko, in the dolphin centre in Poole, BH15 1SZ where we will start advertising for our next project
The last few months have changed much more than just our pace of life. We all have experienced the effects of the pandemic but we might have felt it on different levels and intensity. Today Mind My Art would like to offer you the opportunity to tell your story via creativity. And for some of you to use it as a therapeutic tool to release feelings which you might sense you need to open up to or let go.....and may be something to look forward to, like showing your artwork in a private and a public exhibition...and we welcome almost everyone in this project! (-:
All that is required from you is that you have:
1) no professional status in art.
2) from little to good creative skills (excellence is not the rule of the game)
3) the feeling this could be positive or even therapeutic for you
4) the willingness to express creatively what you feel or would like to feel
5) the understanding that the project is based on enjoyment and self-motivation and that there
is no pressure on you to actually produce any art work
6) the understanding also that this project is about the importance of emotional/mental health, the prevention of declining mental health and integration/ inclusion in a creative way.
The project has for aim to present the artworks in an exhibition. It is based on self motivation, contrast of interpretation and uniqueness in togetherness by expressing how you feel or would like to feel. So you will be asked to work independently from the group but with the support of our Therapeutic Project Coordinator Nathalie. Once the artworks collected, a private exhibition for the artists will be organised. You can then meet the other participants, exchange ideas, talk about your experience and all this over a hot drink. Then a public exhibition will take place where again you will meet the other participants and if you wish to, introduce yourself to the visitors and all this again over another hot drink !
There isn't any fee for you to pay to participate in this project but you will have to pay for your own material. Contrast of interpretation means also contrast of creative skills so paint and brushes are not the only tools you can use!
you will have the opportunity also to sell your artwork if it is what you wish to do.
This project has a self-therapeutic approach which means it is about enjoyment, self-motivation, with the courage to express how you feel at your own pace and under your control.
What to expect ?
Via the therapeutic rapport with the project coordinator you will gain:
A caring and respectful ear to talk to about the development of your artwork and your own perspective according to your own inner stories and needs.
You will receive support to express yourself clearly and freely.
You will also receive reassurance and motivation to achieve your goals.
You will be kept connected to the project and group.
Via the creative process of this project:
You will get great psychological satisfaction as a reward for your self-motivation and achievement, both at personal and group level.
Encouraging free, individual contrast of interpretation where nobody is right or wrong will promote self-acceptance and acceptance of others.
Providing you, the amateur artist, with the opportunity to have your work seen publicly in an exhibition setting, will allow you to shine and to gain a potential financial reward, which all together will help to strengthen your self-esteem, self-belief and confidence.
The preview meeting/ private exhibition will give you the opportunity to meet face to face with the other participants to learn from each other (as soon as the portfolio is submitted), it will encourage inclusion, communication, recognition, the right to be unique and authentic, openness to the perspectives of others, to create new rapports, to receive feedback and to improve your skills in the process.
Just as for the private exhibition, the public one will provide the same opportunities but on a much larger scale and bolstered by the cumulative effect of all the interactions with the coordinator and the co-participants during the preview, you should have built by then sufficient positive momentum to feel the positive effect on your self-belief and confidence.
During the preview and the public exhibition,you and the other participants will get the opportunities over coffee to discuss or not, your artwork, your personal situation, as well as the tips you use to keep yourselves emotionally/mentally balanced.
You will realise that expressing your feelings in a creative way in a project like this one is respectful to your individuality while making connections.
Via “stage exposure” you will gain:
(The 3 stages being the development period, the private exhibition and the public one)
A safe and respectful setting to face your own inner issues and challenges
A comfortable (place and time-scale) setting to express yourself
A comfortable momentum to build self-belief and confidence
Achieving your goal will demonstrate or reinforce your sense of persistence and resilience. It will be evidence of your self-efficacy belief (one's belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations or to accomplish a task) and therefore believing in your abilities to achieve another project.
The therapeutic effect of creativity will positively affect your emotional health and therefore your cognitive skills as well as your behavior…. with a ripple effect within your circle.
As soon as another project is in place, you will be offered the opportunity to join, thus strengthening the new connections in the process, providing you with another purpose for your skill year after year, and see your own expression of healing evolving in a gentle regular and creative way.
With regard to the public visiting the exhibition, it will:
highlight the importance of maintaining good emotional/mental health and well-being.
give them insight into their own emotional/mental health and well-being.
make them appreciate even more their own inner journey.
or make them realise they could do with some support themselves.
And finally, they will be reminded of the importance to respect other people’s journeys or issues with more consideration, kindness, and empathy.