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Image: Kathryn Watson myillustratedmind – Octopus 201819 – Ink and watercolour on paper

As society moves towards letting go of the stigmas which surround the discussion of mental health, so too do we better understand those who live with mental health issues in day to day life. Heads & Tales, a mental health heritage project in the North East run by charity Chilli Studios, aims to help reshape perceptions of mental health by bringing together people with such conditions, and giving them the platforms they need to share their stories.

Their latest exhibition at Newcastle’s Vane Gallery from Thursday 4th-Saturday 13th July, showcases and celebrates the work of a group of people who express their own experiences with mental health struggles in a wide range of artistic mediums. Paintings, sculptures, moving image, audio, performances and sketches provide diverse perspectives of mental health and explore the impact of mental health on everyday life through creative means, with artists including Gobscure, (aka sean burn), Rachael House, Tracey Hopper, Tugba Tirpan and many others.

Part of Heads & Tales’ legacy will be to ensure the artists contribute new material to local museum archives so that we all may continue to learn how to have a better understanding of these issues for a long time yet.

On Tuesday 9th, artist and doctor Kathryn Watson will discuss her experiences of mental illness and her creative practice, followed by an open mic poetry and performance event.

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