We are very excited that we have secured funding from POP Collectives to extend the Plymouth arm of Messages From The HeART - Hope in the Heart, in collaboration with The Intersection and Real Ideas, brings you Messages from the HeARTlands.
From October 2022, we will have three smaller (but no less powerful) exhibitions, with associated events, featuring creative expressions by people with lived experience of mental health and associated challenges. See below for dates and more information for this October exhibition, its events, and preparatory workshops.
As before, each piece will contain a message for people in power (service providers, commissioners, local leaders and society in general) and the collective “voices” of the creators combine to highlight what is working and where change is needed.
You can download our flyer here. Please share widely with anyone who might be interested.
'Around the Making Table' Workshops
(Scroll further down for details of the exhibition and associated events)
In the lead up to the October exhibition, those with lived experience of mental health and other challenges are warmly invited to join Zoe at any or all of three workshops in Ocean Studios, to explore how we can translate our lived experience into artwork, poetry, sculpture etc. to be featured in the Messages from the HeARTlands exhibitions.
No artistic talent necessary! Some basic free refreshments, and more can be purchased from the Ocean Studios café. Booking essential - email Zoe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thurs 29th September 10am - 1pm - Using Services & Inner Critics - exploring our experiences of services, our inner dialogues, and what influences these narratives. We will work with paper, and model our inner critics out of clay.
Fri 30th September 10am - 1pm - Finding Our Voices - exploring what we never said, working out what we want to say now, and playing with these messages as word art.
Thurs 6th October 10 am - 1pm - The Gifts of Lived Experience - exploring our strengths and what helps. We will create individual pieces that work together, and model our inner guides out of clay.
Each workshop will have several different activities - if there is one you don't want to do, there will always be alternatives.
All workshops will take place at The Making Table in Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage Royal William, Plymouth PL1 3RP. Nearest bus stop - Royal William Yard, pay and display parking onsite.
RE: DATES ABOVE - We are sorry, the exhibition will now be closed on Tues 11th apart from the event (all welcome) at 10 - 11.30, and a little while afterwards to view the art.
Exhibition - October 2022 - Devonport Guild Hall
The first of the Messages From The HeARTlands exhibitions will be opening on the afternoon of Friday 7th and run until Friday 14th October. Daily timings are in the blue square above, and accompanying events are below. Booking via the Real Ideas system is required for events and the links to book individual events are also below.
Saturday 8th October - Celebrating the HeART 6.30 - 9.30pm Performance evening with moving and insightful poetry/writing/spoken word/music from a variety of local creators, each containing a message from the HeART. Doors open 6.30pm. One free non-alcoholic drink before 7pm, top-ups available for a small cost. We hope to be able to provide a wider variety of drinks - update coming soon! There will not be a break during the 90-minute performance, but there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. See photos from our previous performance evening in May here. Booking essential - tickets here.
Sunday 9th October- Mental Health Connections: Learning from Each Other and Finding What Fits 11am - 4pm On the eve of World Mental Health Day, Plymouth REG (Recovery and Empowerment Group) presents stalls and workshops from local grassroots organisations committed to improving mental health and wellbeing. Free light refreshments and workshops. Just turn up, but do book for the talks - more information and tickets here.
Tuesday 11th October - Building Bridges - the Journey of Co-Production 10am - 11am Fresh from Perugia, Italy, where they attended and spoke at the ISPS Conference, Livewell Southwest Consultant Clinical Psychologist Elina Baker and Hope in the Heart founder/CEO and Lived Experience Consultant/Trainer Tam Martin Fowles will again deliver their conference presentation “Growing co-production from the ground up” - an overview of the development of Plymouth REG – and talk with participants about the importance of co-production, what they learned in Perugia, and the continuing development of Plymouth REG. - Booking essential - Tickets here.
Thursday 13th October - Bridging the Gaps 10am - 1pm Hope in the Heart and The Intersection invite you to join us for a morning where service users and service providers unite as equals and peers to relationally experience our common humanity and explore how to Bridge the Gaps in services within our city in order to create a compassionate community where everyone feels safe, valued and that they belong. Booking essential -tickets here. Friday 14th October- Pieces of Us 12 - 3pm Join The Intersection’s official launch event to:
Hear about who we are, what we do, and why we do it
Get information about us, ask us any questions, and find out how to stay up to date with our news
Reflect on the different pieces of all of us, which make us who we are, through the experiences we have
Explore some questions and reflections around marginalisation and spiritual health
Experience a taster workshop of activities exploring wellness through nature *
Meet like minded people
This event is for anyone who is interested in finding out about The Intersection; whether as a participant or as an organisation which might like to collaborate. Join us for a couple of hours inside and outside, to celebrate our launch. Booking essential - tickets here. For more information about The Intersection, visit the website - www.theintersection.org.uk * The workshop will take place approximately 8 minute’s walk away from the venue. We will be returning to the venue afterwards, so you can walk with us there and back.