Living with PTSD
Funded by Arts Council England
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A lot has happened since the last email. My exhibition 'Living with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) finally went live in November 2013 after 7 years of planning. Many thanks to Arts Council England and the National Lottery for funding the project.
What's the exhibition about?
The aim is to raise awareness of what PTSD feels like and to show how photography helps to take me away from those feelings ... thus, hopefully, demonstrating the power of 'Creativity' as a form of medicine to help one to cope with this and other conditions.
There are two exhibitions though:
Full Exhibition - Living with PTSD
21xA4 poetry boards and 22 photographs stretched on canvas (21 pieces at 36 inches 1 piece at 60 inches) that show some of the beautiful places that I have been able to escape to, including my garden.
Smaller Exhibition - Intimacy with Plants
Intimacy with Plants is a set of images that were created as part of my development and funded through the Arts Council England. Smaller venues can hire this collection that is aimed at accessible photography via the creation of an eco-friendly garden. The collection is a set of 15xA3 sized images that examine the wonderful macro world that can exist in your own garden; allowing you the opportunity to create beautiful art at those times when leaving your home may be problematic or difficult. There are also 9xA4 poetry boards to go with the images.
I'm currently working on getting 'Intimacy with Plants' to the USA and Canada. So watch this space as if you live in the area.
Part of the project is also to help Veterans and other people access areas that offer various forms of support.
I've set up a separate domain name for the exhibition activity: www.living-with-ptsd.org.uk.
The exhibitions have been well received so far. You can view visitors' comments by clicking here.
Please be aware that these are rolling exhibitions and if you'd like to see them in your area, all you have to do is help find a venue that would like to hold the show for free.
The next full exhibition is at ArtCore in Derby - full details are available by clicking here.
Thank you for your support. Please do pass this email on to people that you feel may be interested in my work.
I hope that 2014 has started off well for you and wish you every happiness.
Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu