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I recently took part in the Mental Spaghetti group exhibition, ‘Mind Machine’, at Menier Gallery.

A few of us were mentioned as highlights of the exhibition. Here’s the word on me, by Judith McNicol, in good company with Yvonne Mabs Francis, Terence Wilde and Jan Arden.

“Having spent most of her early life around her Italian artist grandmother, a woman immersed in myths, superstition and legend, Marie-Louise Plum has become a painter of magical realism. Within her bold paintings of heaving, tortured, intertwining bodies and nightmare scenarios imposed on fairy tale images, are Marie’s ‘secret messages’ that remind us ‘not is all as it seems’.

That’s a nice thing to say. Thank you.

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Come and see me perform ’12 Months’

HELLO TINKERS.

I’m doing a performance. A proper one that I won’t be able to run away from, or hide my face with a mask. I might zone out a bit. It’s about dissociation so that’ll work, I think.

SO…

’12 Months’ is a sound and live painting performance. I’m painting in response to the words I am saying, prose and journal entries I have carefully selected from 33 years of being a morose tart.

I’ll be doing the performance at the opening reception (yes, there will be alcohol), Thursday 23rd October 18.00 – 21.00, then the two following weekends from midday until 5pm, and finally on Saturday 8th November for our closing reception, again from 18:00-21:00.

Here’s the official word from the curators, Mark Scott-Wood and Hayley Hare, and more information about the other artists taking part (they are GOOD).

“The Lights Are On… is a group exhibition relating to and exploring issues of mental health, well-being and the quirks of human existence and takes it’s title from the saying ‘the lights are on but no one is home’ which alludes to the idea of someone being preoccupied, be it by an outside distraction or something more subconscious.

Artists taking part:

Siobhan Barr
Alex Dipple
Charlie Tuesday Gates
Mikey Georgeson
Hayley Hare
Liberty Hodes
Paul Kindersley
Matthew Lee Knowles
Gemma Murray
Kayleigh O’Keefe
Marie-Louise Plum
Josh Redman
Christina Violet Sabberton
Mark Scott-Wood

Address: Fox Court, 14 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8HN, UK

Opening reception: Thursday 23rd October 18.00 – 21.00

Exhibition opening times:
Weekends 11.00 – 17.00
And by appointment during the week.

Closing reception: Saturday 8th November 18.00 – 21.00

The lights are on… is hosted in Fox Court a Uthink PDP venue.”

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.

Illustration Workshop, April 13th.

Illustration Workshop Poster

I’m doing an illustration workshop on April 13th for the inpatients at Highgate Mental Health Centre in London. The participants will be taking part in drawing a cartoon strip about a day – any day, past, present or future – in their life and how the day is relevant to their feelings. They will also have the chance to use many different materials and mediums to work on their pieces.

The workshop is invite only for the inpatients, however if you know someone who is attending the centre please let them know about the workshop. Please note the day of the workshop is actually the 13th April and not 6th as advertised on the poster.

Scottish Mental Health Art & Film Festival

I am massively excited to announce that I will be working in Edinburgh this weekend for the Scottish Mental Health Art & Film Festival. If you’re about and you fancy it, and especially so if you are a mental health service user, I will be conducting a cartooning (in the loosest possible sense) workshop at North Edinburgh Arts (details below).

The workshop is free but places are going fast so if you do want to book, book now! All artists will have to option to display their work in the Festival exhibition and included in a large illustrated book produced by my arts in mental health organisation, Mental Spaghetti.

The workshop will focus on drawing a comic strip of ‘A day in your life’. Artists (no artistic experience necessary) will have the opportunity to work with lots of different pens, inks, paints and styles of drawing. The comic strip does not have to be a literal day in your life, it can be a feeling, an expression of a particular time, or maybe even no time in particular. You can always do a stickman cartoon too. Anything goes. The important thing is you get to have fun, create, and learn something new.

If you would like to take part please book now by clicking this link.


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A DAY IN THE LIFE: CARTOONING WORKSHOP
Edinburgh & Lothian
Workshop

Working with artist Marie-Louise Plum, you will create your own cartoon strip of a day in your life featuring what you think matters. All cartooners will have the opportunity for their strip to be exhibited in the exhibition and/or included in a book. No artistic experience required.
Venue Information
North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ
Event Information
Sat 8th
Free
Booking required – Telephone Kirsten at CAPS on 0131 538 7177 or kirsten@capsadvocacy.org
11am – 2pm

North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ