Being Human - Art Exhibition

Being Human - Art Exhibition

Dates: 23 Nov 2021 - 26 Nov 2021

Location: UCLAN’s PR1 Gallery- Preston

The last time you went as a family to the local supermarket, did the cashier ask how you were whilst you were packing your food? They may have failed to notice the heavy load you were under, juggling a full time job whilst also being a parent and supportive partner to your other half. Your face sinks as they ignore your anxious demeanour yet you carry on because that’s what society expects you to do. 
 
Just around the corner from the supermarket is UCLAN where students, staff and those with enduring mental health conditions have been busy creating a free art exhibition.
 
“Being Human” will see approximately 40 Bsc (Hons) Coaching, Counselling and Psychological Interventions undergraduates showcase their brilliant work alongside patients and staff from Guild Lodge Secure Unit and Skylark Rehabilitation Centre, two of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust NHS’s local mental health facilities. 
 
This is scheduled to run from Tuesday 23rd - Friday 26th November 2021 with the work on display at UCLAN’s PR1 Gallery. 
 
The range of artwork will include:-
  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Sculptures
  • Poems 
  • Films
The students had to produce one piece of any type of art form as part of their studies whilst the patients used the  time as part of their occupational therapy. 
 
The module for full time students on the course is designed to explore what it means to be human and how creativity is integral to being human. The course allows the students to think in a different and creative way with outstanding results. 
 
NHS occupational therapist Mark Love led the creative sessions at Guild Lodge as well as the  work being carried out within the Skylark Centre. 
 
He expressed how the patients are benefiting from such a project, 
 
“The art produced enabled us to communicate in a safe, alternative and less stigmatising way, and hopefully changes people’s perspective on how they perceive service users as we are all human. 
 
Creative activities, and in particular art, offer a great opportunity to express yourself and provide a meaningful role outside that of just being a service user. 
 
It is really important the purpose of creative activities is not to focus upon just the finished product but also to pay attention to the actual process of engagement and doing - and more importantly it’s great for self-esteem and individual’s rehabilitation journey”.
 
So next time you visit the supermarket look beyond the facial expression and see somebody special just wanting to say hello.
 
^Alex Ashworth CCG Art Blogger