(Image above created by Rei Bennett and Sarah Eley)
Borderline Art is a new project in Derby, England instigated by Sarah Eley. The project includes facilitating workshops for those whose lives are affected by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), exhibiting art to raise awareness and break down stigma surrounding BPD and to get media coverage for the exhibitions and the project to spread the word as far as possible. To find out more about BPD, click here.
Sarah has co-planned and exhibited in three exhibitions to date in which the work in her exhibtion conveyed aspects of what it is like to live with BPD.
Inside Art - an exhibition exploring life with an eating disorder
(held at Quad, Derby in February 2012)
Borderline Art (solo) - an exhibition exploring life with Borderline Personality Disorder
(held at Artcore, Derby in April 2013)
Borderline Art (joint exhibition) - an exhibition exploring life with Borderline Personality Disorder
(held at Artcore, Nottingham in June-July 2013)
Sarah has experienced a great deal of stigma due to her mental health difficulties and feels strongly that exhibiting images created by mental health service users can raise the public’s awareness of mental health difficulties and therefore reduce associated stigma. Some of the art is very uncomfortable to look at, but as Cesar A. Cruz states, there are certain times when “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” She is a strong believer that not only will doing this break down stigma, but also provide a platform to use creativity as a healthy outlet and expression of her feelings, as well as enabling others to do the same.
Borderline ART Workshops
On the 4th March 2013, we held our first workshop at Artcore. We have since ran four further art workshops for people whose lives are affected by BPD, including: Clay, Mosaic, Mask Making. Worry-doll making. We held a celebration event to celebrate all that was acheived during the four workshops. Through the workshops and celebration event we were able to provide a creative outlet as well as reducing the isolation, and increasing the sense of community, self esteem and mutual understanding/support felt by those affected by BPD.
The Raving Mad Theatre Company Workshops
On Sat 15th June 2013, we had our first meeting with those interested in forming The Raving Mad Theatre Company. We have since been meeting weekly at 7pm on Thursday evenings at the Brewery Tap (in the function room upstairs) to have fun and to rehearse. Rupert Mees has been amazing at leading the workshops and we are currently practicing a piece calle 'Joan in Hatfield' ready for our performances in the Autumn. For more information, click here.
Artcore, Derby Telegraph, Kerry Katona and Channel 5 are all involved, and Stephen Fry, Patsy Palmer, Stephen Amos. Marcus Trescothick and Rebecca Front have all been showing their support for it on Twitter! To hear more about these exciting links, please click here. Also, if you have any links to media opportunities, please contact me with details.
Sarah wants to get more media coverage in order to reach as many people as possible and break down as much stigma as possible! She is passionate about the “Time To Change’ Campaign which is England's biggest programme to challenge people to speak up about mental health, with the aim to break down stigma and discrimination. She believes that by exhibiting her work, running workshops and getting as much media coverage as possible, she might be able to play a small part in this massive campaign and begin to make a difference.
Click here for information about future plans