MINDFUL was an exhibition and arts festival at the Old Vic Tunnels launching with a gala dinner and auction at Imperial War Museum. The project, initiated & curated by British artist and Mind Ambassador Stuart Semple in collaboration with creative directors of Old Vic, raised money for the new creative therapies fund within Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
Mind creative therapies fund: The Mind creative therapies fund was initiated in 2011 by artist Stuart Semple to fund projects enabling those experiencing mental ill health to explore creative forms of expression. This group show of world-class contemporary art will chart the link between mental health and creativity whilst pin-pointing it’s cathartic potential for both viewer and artist alike. Sales will kick-start a fund set to enable those in mental distress throughout England and Wales to participate in arts therapy sessions. The exhibition itself will be open to the public and will encourage people to question their own views on and associations with mental illness while helping to break down the stigma and discrimination so often faced by sufferers. Stuart, who has an ongoing anxiety disorder himself, understands first-hand the transformative potential of the arts. “The whole point of instigating this fund is to enable others access to the therapeutic potential of creative expression, people who may not have the chance, encouragement, or resources to do so otherwise”.
Includes works by: Jake & Dinos Chapman, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Sebastian Horsley, Liliane Lijn, Sarah Lucas, George Lilanga, Barney Bubbles, Whitney McVeigh, Tom Wilkinson, Kate Moross, Tessa Farmer, Ellie Rees, Seana Gavin and Stuart Semple.