Art and Liberation

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Exhibition: 4-19 September

Opening Event: Monday 3 September 6-8pm

Normal Opening hours: Tues – Friday 11am-4pm, Sat 11am-2pm 

More than 100 artists raise mental health awareness through art & activism. An exhibition exploring the importance of creativity to the mind. From sketch books, paintings, sculptures to moving image this exhibition will showcase multifaceted works focusing on the diverse and individual experiences of mental health conditions and artistic expression. Featuring invited artists alongside Chilli Studios Annual Exhibition of member’s artworks.


“I partly think of my work as a way to make me stronger and more able to live in the world. This also reaches out to others. Art can’t liberate us on its own, we need fundamental change in society.” Artist RH 2018

Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re delighted to support this project which will ensure mental health, and the experiences of those who have been affected, becomes part of the story of our region’s heritage. From sharing their own stories to using art to explore this underrepresented part of history, people of all ages are set to take part in the Head & Tales project.”


About the wider project: HEADS & TALES is a 2 year project to create a new heritage archive for the North East exploring, rebalancing and celebrating the voice of adults experiencing mental health conditions. This project is shaped and led by participants, volunteers and staff who are directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues. Led by Chilli Studios a Mental Health Focused Art Studio and Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. | 0191 2094058 | |