Televisual Advertisement

I’m not quite sure what came over him, but the consistently prolific Mr Spike Dennis took it upon himself to make me a 21st Century Televisual Advertisement.

It’s totally normal, and this is in fact what my actual face looks like under the mask I wear on a daily basis.

Thanks very much to Spike. Check out more of his work here. Spike and Layla are the gruesome twosome who set up the art collective I am part of, The Pack of Wolves, so make sure you take a peep at our work on the wolfsite too.

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Exhibition: Black Dog Night

Hello friends! Thanks to everyone who came to see Once Upon Again, the Pack of Wolves show at Winns Gallery. We had an amazing response and made many new connections with other artists over the course of the exhibition. The next Wolves outing will be an interactive project called Running With Wolves, featuring at the Stockholm Fringe Festival.

In the meantime I have been approached by Vibe Gallery in Bermondsey to take part in the second of their Black Dog Night exhibitions and events, raising awareness of mental health issues. I have a long, personal history of involvement with mental health services, and also run an online platform called Mental Spaghetti for artists who are mental health service users, or vice versa. Clearly I said yes to taking part in this project. I will be displaying eight pieces of my Happyland artwork at the show. More information about the event and art exhibition below…

“‘Black Dog Night: Back to Black’

‘Black Dog Night: Back to Black’ is the most poignant and inspiring evening hosted by Vibe Gallery on the 30th of August at 7:30pm; showcasing live acts, anecdotes and creative talents, with both educational and comedic elements. An art exhibition coinciding with the event, will run from the 29th of August until the 3rd of September.

This night is themed around the issues of those experiencing the troubles of social anxiety, which the general public aren’t often aware of. It showcases the lives of individuals that have suffered from mental illnesses; the Back to Black rendition of ‘Black Dog Night’ (which both follows from the previous black dog night but designed to be enjoyed as much by first-timers) will depict the lives of the individuals and experiences, depicting raw events & experiences that have taken place.

Although the subject matter is serious, our objective is to break the stigma of mental illnesses and bring a light-hearted approach of the conditions to a wide audience by focusing of the brighter side of dark situations.

The struggles faced in otherwise simple tasks lead to a unique set of problem solving. In all periods of personal tribulation there can be varying moments of fortitude, hilarity and indignity.

‘Black Dog Night’ hopes to bring all of these facets from the shadows and make the invisible more visible. Our aim is that you will leave the evening entertained, informed and inspired.

What exactly is the “Black Dog”:

The phrase “Black Dog” was made famous in recent times by Sir Winston Churchill, whom is referring to his own personal battles with depression. The metaphor however, goes way back to the Ancient Rome and was used by Horace to describe a bad omen or a symbol of the devil. In the 1800’s a more modern version of the expression has taken place “‘a black dog has walked over me” to describe being in a state of mental depression (Brewer 1870).

Please visit our facebook page to view the video highlights of the first ‘Black Dog Night’ to gain a flavour of what it’s in store!
https://www.facebook.com/nightoftheblackdog

Tickets £3 on the door. (also available on http://www.vibeplace.com)

Join our event on Facebook for up-to-date information or if you just want to say something.

Mail Art: Lincoln

 

Hello folks!

Mail Art news: the touring exhibition which kicked off in Walthamstow earlier in the year has now left Bedford and is currently residing in Lincoln.

Helen Dearnley is curating this leg of the magical, travelling Mail Art tour. As ever, we are encouraging anyone and everyone to take part; get stuck into creating some art! The only stipulation is that the art is directly linked to postal items, be it drawn, painted, printed or scribbled on envelopes, brown paper packaging, missed mail cards, stamps, jiffy bags or postable boxes. This is mail art – it should be mailable, accessible for all (to make and enjoy) and, most importantly, relate to post and mail.

If you would like more info about what we’d like to see submitted, and what this touring exhibition is, please check out this post here. Starting off with Mail Art: Walthamstow in January this year, the tour has since stopped off at Cardiff, Bedford and now Lincoln, growing in size as it travels.

Mail Art: Lincoln opens this Friday with a Private View at 12.00p.m. and will run until October 26th 2012. The exhibition venue is an empty shop (much like the Bedford leg of the tour, curated by Anne-Marie Stijeljasee slideshow here!), which is 100% in keeping with the mail art ethos (accessible, non-juried space, open to all).

If you would like to contribute your artwork, please send all submissions to: Helen Dearnley: Mail Art, Lincoln, 18-20 Sincil Street, Lincoln, LN5 7ET

To read more about exactly what mail art is and where it came from, check out the Mail Art wiki page.

Images from Happyland exhibited at Wood St Indoor Market, E17.

Details of my latest exhibition, located at Wood Street Indoor Market, Walthamstow, London.The private view is next Thursday 19th April (not the 18th at stated on poster) from 5:30-8:00pm. There will of course be wine and all are welcome.

Location: Wood Street Indoor Market, 98-100 Wood Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 3HX.
Happyland at Wood Street Indoor Market

Turnaround


Detail from Candy’s Supper, HAPPYLAND

Hello lovelies!

Here’s news of my next exhibition:

“You are invited to Turnaround – a series of 11 exhibitions in 12 weeks by members of the Waltham Forest Arts Club in the unusual space of an all windowed kiosk of the Wood Street Indoor Market.
Feb. 4th to April 28th.
Painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, video & sound works, installation, textiles, mixed media & crafts, bookarts, music and poetry. See the full schedule on the website: http://turnaround.yolasite.com”

I’ll be exhibiting pieces from my solo show, HAPPYLAND, from April 14th-21st with the marvellous photographer Timothy Kraemer and printmaker Anna Alcock. I’ve currently got a piece from HAPPYLAND in the group exhibition on at the moment so if you have a minute to check out what is happening at the newly jazzed up Wood Street Indoor Market I would urge you to go and check it out.

More information and location details here.