Mind the Gap Exhibition

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‘Mind the Gap’

An art exhibition to support mental health in the world’s poorest communities

1st – 13th October 2018, Michaelhouse Centre, Cambridge

In recognition of World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, CBM UK and BasicNeeds are inviting artists to participate in a two-week long exhibition to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health.

We would like artists to submit work that talks about, connects to or expresses something related to mental health and we particularly welcome work from artists with lived experience of mental illness.  

Why Art and Mental Health?

Mental health conditions such as depression are the leading cause of disability worldwide, often causing immense suffering and preventing people from earning a living and participating in all aspects of their community. Globally, 80% of people with mental illness live in low- or middle-income countries, where most people have little or no access to treatment or support and many face extreme poverty, stigma, discrimination and abuse.

Art is a powerful medium of expression, which can offer thought-provoking insights and perspectives on personal and complex topics, including mental health. Through this exhibition, we hope to raise awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness, particularly in parts of the world where mental healthcare is in short supply.

This is a fantastic opportunity, both to display and sell your work, and to help communicate a vital message regarding the importance of mental health.

If you would like to take part in the art exhibition, please complete the entry form, which can be found by clicking here. 

Throughout the exhibition, we will be using social media to highlight the artists who have given their time to this project. A private view will take place on the evening of Thursday 4th October.

A self-help group in Nepal, for people with mental health problems following the 2015 earthquake

How to enter your work

  • The deadline for submission is Friday 6th July. Works will be selected, and artists will be contacted by Friday 3rd August. 
  • Please complete your entry form here 
  • Once you have completed your entry form, please email it to the organiser, events@cbmuk.org.uk
  • Artists can submit work that they wish to sell at the exhibition, with 70% of the final price going to the artist and a minimum of 30% going towards CBM and BasicNeeds’ mental health work.

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