Fragmentary - An artist talk

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Event details

Event date: 
5 June 2015
Event duration: 
19:00 - 20:30
Type of event: 
Talk / lecture
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
Free Space Gallery
2 Bartholomew Road
Please find us in the GYM room of the Kentish Town Health Centre


Ticket availability: 
Limited places
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About the event

Three artists whose work explores art and mental health will be sharing their deeply personal projects 
with a Q&A session after In conjunction with Fragmentary - a new arts website exploring photography and mental health. 
Daniel Regan is a photographer and visual artist whose work focuses on themes of mental health, the 
body, recovery and the patient/service user experience. His book project Insula documents a decade 
long struggle living with chronic mental health difficulties, utilising diaristic photography as a tool for 
both recording and recovery. His recent project Fragmentary explores the differing experiences of 
living and observing crises by combining self-portraiture with his own medical records. This work was 
completed as a residency at Kentish Town Health Centre with a large-scale installation of medical 
documents that confronted the viewer with the complexities of both being in and observing the chaos 
mental illness can bring.
Liz Atkin is a visual artist for whom physicality underpins a creative practice with her skin as a primary 
source for corporeal artwork and imaginative transformation. Compulsive Skin Picking dominated 
her life for more than 20 years, but through a background in dance and theatre, she confronted the 
condition to harness creative repair and recovery. She creates intimate artworks, photographs and 
performances exploring the body-focused repetitive behaviour of skin picking. Liz works directly with 
her skin as a site for textural transformation, using materials such as clay, latex, paint and pastel. She 
aspires to de-stigmatise mental illness, raise awareness and advocate recovery, by sharing her own 
lived experience.
Antonia Attwood’s work My Mother Tongue is an exploration of a mothers experience with bipolar 
disorder, as imagined through the eyes of her daughter. By juxtaposing moving image on two screens, 
Attwood aims to illustrate and visually interpret how vthe illness ‘feels’. The metaphorical symbols create 
an attempt to raise awareness and understanding of the mood affectations and the phenomenology of 
mental illness. Antonia is involved with The Institute of Inner Vision which endeavours to bring artists, 
academics, & audiences into the heart of interdisciplinary art-science research and artistic practice. 


Free Space Gallery
Melissa Hardwick


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