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Mental health used to be a taboo – now sufferers’ experiences are expressed freely in art, films, music and literature. 37 Pieces of Flair, a new multimedia exhibition taking place at the NewBridge Project Space from Friday 21st November until Saturday 17th January, adjusts this focus to analyse the wider social and cultural context of mental illness. What triggers it and what effects does it have on wider society?

Comprising of moving image, film, installation and sculptural works by John Smith, Graham Dolphin, David Foggo, Dave Sherry and Roy Andersson, it acts as a follow-up to the 37 Pieces of Flair film season, which took place at the Star & Shadow Cinema last month around World Mental Health Day. While it in no way seeks to undervalue sufferers, its aim is to explore the political, economic and social triggers behind their diagnoses.

There will be an afternoon of “discovery and discussion” at the NewBridge Project Space on Friday 21st November, with talks from researcher Lynn Friedli and social activist Chris Erskine (booking compulsory). On the evening, you’ll be able to view the exhibition, and visitors will receive a free limited edition tabloid newspaper, featuring carefully put together writing and artworks by local and national artists.

37 Pieces of Flair runs from Friday 21st November until Saturday 17th January at NewBridge Project Space, Newcastle.

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