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National Lottery Awards for All boost for mental health and identity exhibition in Sheffield, October 2017

National Lottery Awards for All boost for mental health and identity exhibition in Sheffield, October 2017

Adullam has received National Lottery Awards for All funding of £5,500 to run a Mask themed exhibition which will explore the issues of Mental Health and Identity and will be showcased at the Winter Garden on 10 October during Sheffield’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

The project will bring together people supported by Adullam who have histories of mental health issues and social isolation to develop a stimulating art project through a series of workshops, resulting in a public exhibition to raise awareness and understanding of mental health.

Adullam is collaborating with Sheffield-based community arts organisation Ignite Imaginations for the exciting project which aims to make a positive difference for both those involved as well as the wider Sheffield community. The exhibition will inspire visitors, asking them to reflect on issues surrounding mental health and takes place over three days, starting on Tuesday 10 October.

Nick Etherington, Project Worker for The Sheffield Foundations Service provided by Adullam, is delighted with the Lottery funding: “Adullam is always thinking of creative initiatives to support our service users and we applied for the Awards for All Lottery funding so that we could run a meaningful community arts project that would engage the people we support and help give them a voice in the local community on the important issues surrounding social isolation and mental wellbeing. We have named our project ‘Masks’ -A Mental Health and Identity Exhibition, as people sometimes mask mental health issues and we hope that many people will identify with this theme.

“Raising awareness of mental health issues is incredibly important as many people in Sheffield are effected by the stigma of poor mental health and need understanding, care and support. This project is a step in the right direction as the people we support can find confidence and creativity in this initiative, and build upon their skills to empower them to overcome their issues and lead more positive and fulfilled lives.”

Artist Aimee Hickman said of the project: “I am delighted to be involved with this wonderful project which will no doubt make a positive impact on those involved. We have exciting creative ideas which will let the local community better understand mental health and what can be done to support those who need help during difficult times.

“Lottery funding for this project is a fantastic boost and projects like this one are vital to bring those who would otherwise be isolated become engaged with others in a project with purpose such as this exciting Mental Health and Identity Exhibition.”

The free grand opening will take place at 5pm on Tuesday 10 October 2017 and is open to the public. Free workshops with the artist will also take place on Tuesday 10 October 1-4pm; Wednesday 11 October 3-7pm and Thursday 12 October 10-2pm.

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