“Roots” Art Exhibition – October 2017 – January 2018 – Reflections and outcomes by Angie Martin

downloadThe purpose of this exhibition was to share my art work and inspire others to try art as a means of helping them through difficult times by finding ways to express their emotions and be in the “here and now”.

People have expressly stated how inspired they have been by the art and staff at IMH have stopped and thanked me stating that the light and life the artwork has brought into the building has been inspiring. Many people have stated that they have felt emotional connections to the artworks.

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Contributions to others and the community

I provided a talk with a group of MA students of Trauma and used the displayed artwork as a talking point for growth and resilience through trauma.

I followed up with an individual student interview to assist with dissertation studies.

I held live discussion with BBC Radio Nottingham (Alan Clifford show).

Developed links with the Nottingham Peace Project and planned provision of and gained council funding to lead “expression through art” workshops for young people in Basford (2018).

Roots Exhibition Book – my story of Trauma, Resilience and Growth with accompanying paintings.

Charitable financial benefits

Sales of paintings have raised £500 to provide a Remembrance Bench for Joel Cooke and £400 for Young Minds Trust. A total of £900 in sales was realised between the 10th October 2017 and 5th of January 2018.

New friendships and new opportunities

I have had a number of people ask me to show them how I paint different styles and I am starting small workshops in January 2018.

I am contributing to Prof Stephen Regel’s Stories and Narratives Project (2018).

I am working with Su Ansell (De Montfort University) on producing a short film about resilience, change and growth (2018).

Personal Growth, empowerment, health and wellbeing

The exhibition has encouraged me to get out and about, meet new people, socialise and converse. Exposure to the environment, particularly travelling on buses was my goal for my trauma treatment. I now have no fear of travelling on buses or passing through Nottingham. My confidence and communication skills are much improved. When I began planning g the exhibition with Elvira I had to take my daughter with me as I struggled with conversation skills. That is no longer the case. I am sure Elvira has noted the differences since we first met. My family and friends often comment on the progress I have made in overcoming my fear of public places and people.

I intend to continue to raise funds for charity, raise awareness of how we can rebuild our resilience and growth through art expression. I will continue to inspire others by sharing my story and art.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I hope the IMH has many successful exhibitions in the future.

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Angie is a qualified teacher with a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Inclusive Education. She worked in New Zealand as an Inclusion Adviser to the Ministry of Education for 7 yrs. She was studying for a second Masters when she developed serious health difficulties resulting from trauma.  Angie was no longer able to follow her academic career. She retired in 2016 and returned to England (her roots). She now has a different and better life as an artist with a love of mother nature.  “There is always hope and It is never too late to try and experience something new in your life”

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