Letting in the Light Past

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30 X 21cm. Gouache and pencil on paper.

An exhibition of powerful, affecting and exuberant work to light up our lives.

Outside In is proud to have worked on this exhibition in collaboration with Daily Life Ltd and Bethlem Gallery to showcase high-quality work by thirty-five artists on the subject of how art can illuminate our understanding of the experience of mental distress. Taking place in the centre of Stratford from 25 January – 24 March 2016, and featuring work by artists with personal experience of mental health issues, the group exhibition is made up of works selected through an open call process.

The exhibition title is a reference to Groucho Marx’ line: ‘Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.’ Artist and Daily Life Ltd’s Artistic Director Bobby Baker says: “I was judged and underestimated when I had mental health problems, but when people see my autobiographical drawings it helps change the way they think about mental health. Artists like us, with unique experiences, can create work that enlightens and delights people.”

The hope is that the works, displayed in illuminated lightboxes, will lighten up the lives of passersby in Stratford during the dark, damp winter months with wit, beauty, insight and artistry. 

Image: John Jennings, Engine of the Sunflower