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It’s that time of year again and in recognition of World Mental Health Day, Merton Libraries and Imagine are holding an art exhibition at Wimbledon Library Gallery from 16th to 26th October. Users of Merton mental health services – many of whom are very talented artists – are submitting their work for sale at the exhibition
To further the aims of social inclusion and recovery, the art exhibition will feature only the work of users of Merton mental health services. As talented artists, they will have the opportunity to sell the work in a competitive and professional gallery environment. Merton Libraries and Imagine will not charge commission; therefore 100% of the proceeds go directly to the artists.
This event is part of the Libraries’ LDI (Libraries Development Initiative) project: a partnership between Merton Libraries and Imagine, which seeks to promote arts-related activities in Merton’s Libraries, and follows eight weeks of art courses delivered in Libraries.
To see photos from the hanging, please explore the images below
Works once on exhibition will be available
Sarah Springham: I've drawn and painted since I can remember. I've sold pictures in London galleries, here in Wimbledon Library and many places in between since the late '60's. Art keeps me sane - sane enough to cope with my husband Ian Springham, who is also exhibited here and is an inspiration to one and all in his aspiration to change people's lives for the better. I am his Carer, and I should know.
Ian Springham: My work is almost entirely a product of my experiences and the means developed to understand them; predominantly abstract expressionism and other forms of subversion in the continuing war against tyranny, as I see it. Particular heroes of mine include Picasso, Dali, Rothko, Kandinsky, Ivan Picelj, and Sarah Springham.
What better way to reinvigorate my site than with some positive news? Imagine Mental Health, in association with the London Borough of Merton, are running an art exhibition of Service Users’ artworks – including a number of mine own – in honour of World Mental Health Day at Wimbledon Library Gallery. Such is the importance accorded the event that it will run for the whole week of 10 to 15 October, 2011.
The deadline for submission was October 7 th and the works submitted were hung on the 8th. The opening, on October 10th, will be attended by some of the artists and representatives of Imagine Mental Health; all are welcome.
Works are being sold at 0% commission and so all monies raised go directly to the artists. Works may currently be bought through Laurie at Imagine Mental Health at the Gallery, although certain digital files may be bought from this site. Catalogue and further information to follow.
For photos of the hanging and exhibited works, please, see the Gallery or the Wimbledon Exhibition 2011 page
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