News on A Healthy Debate at Dulwich Picture Gallery happening today and Thursday 26th June

Hi Helen,

I am offering tickets to the following 2 symposia for FREE for the first 3 people to email me with the subject line: Alfred Wallis

19th June 2014 – Who’s In & Who’s Out

Debate about the present-day complexities that arise in considering the outsider artist’s work and their often over-shadowing life story.

Anna B. Sexton Anxiety Arts Communities Curator in conversation with Beth Elliot (Bethlem Gallery Director) and Sara Haq (Artist). Followed by short artist’s talk with Artmongers.

26th June 2014 – Future Fringes

Do the divisions that define outsider art matter and are they relevant as society and practices change?

Jenny Edwards CEO, Chief Executive Mental Health Foundation, in conversation with Marc Steene (Deputy Director Pallant House Gallery and Director (‘Outside In’), Jo Van Den Bosch, SLaM Arts Therapies Adviser & Consultant Drama Therapist, and Simon Powell (Director Creative Future & coordinator of the Impact Art Fair).

Please do let your contacts know…

Best wishes,


Michelle Weiner
Community Engagement Manager
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road London SE21 7AD

The Impact Art Fair 2013 | Together We Can

The second Impact Art Fair took place at the Block 336 gallery in Brixton, from Fri 26th – Sun 28th July.

Led by Creative Future, it showcased work by talented artists whose opportunities are limited by mental health issues, disability, chronic ill health or social circumstance. About 280 artists contributed work this year, and over 1,300 people came along to view and buy the artwork.

This unique fair was supported by Maudsley Charity, and made possible thanks to your generous donations.

Among the works on display were 84 framed pictures by SLaM service users (some of which you can see in the image above).

Challenging stigma

‘We wanted the fair to demonstrate that artworks produced by artists operating on the edge are no less full of talent than mainstream offerings,’ says Simon Powell, Project Director of Creative Future.

‘We wanted to challenge assumptions about what marginalised artists and people can or cannot achieve, and to help improve participants’ wellbeing.’

Helen Shearn is the Head of SlaM Arts Strategy, and explains the importance of the partnership between SLaM and Creative Future that allowed the fair to take place.

‘SLaM service users have told us about the importance of exhibiting and performing in building a sense of wellbeing, inclusion and recovery,’ she says. ‘So the Impact Art Fair is a key event in SLaM’s arts strategy.’

Creative expression

Volunteers, including staff and service users, came together to help make the event a success: framing and displaying the artwork and managing the stalls. Sarah Joseph, an Occupational Therapist, was one of the volunteers.

‘What was great was people who had contributed postcard art works to the SLaM stall coming over and explaining what had lead them to producing that particular piece of art and the story behind it.’

As well as the framed postcards, there was artwork from local solo artists and SLaM’s partner organisations Bethlem Gallery, CoolTan Arts, The Three C’s, and the South East London Arts Network.

‘The soulful works express real raw feelings, uncensored, unpretentious, feelings that are unlimited by ‘normal constructs of art’ from people who are labeled as having mental health issues or disabilities, but who really hold magnificent healing qualities,’ says Simon Thomas, journalist for Galleries magazine.

A sense of community

Creative Future set out ‘to create a cultural event which bridges disparate sections of society,’ says Simon.

‘The sense of community that was developed during the build-up to the fair confirms that the celebratory nature of the event is a therapeutic model that works, with wide-ranging and profound impacts on those involved.

We’re hugely grateful to Maudsley Charity for their vision and far-sightedness in supporting this event, without which the benefits to those involved would not have been possible.’

You can also see the beautiful artwork featured at the fair in the Impact Art Fair brochure.

If you missed out on this years Impact Art Fair, you can listen to the audio blog by Matthew, SLaM TWIG Operations.

You can help us to support more projects that help those with mental health issues. Make a donation to South London and Maudsley today

#RT via Helen via Lots of lovely pictures here too!

See also

Audio Blog of the Impact Art Fair at 336 Brixton Road on 27th July 2013 by Matthew

Lovely audio blog by Matthew of his visit to the Impact Art Fair – well worth a listen!

Impact Art Fair

Please do come along to the Impact Art Fair

Showcasing the work by highly talented artists whose opportunities can be limited by mental ill health, disability or other social circumstances.

 Open this Friday and weekend only! 26th – 28th July 2013

11am – 6pm

At Block 336

336 Brixton Road

Contact Us

For more information please visit

How to get to us

July 26, 27, 28 2013

336 Brixton Road

Open 11am-6pm daily

Tickets £2 each

Nearest tube Brixton (7 min walk)

The Impact Art Fair has a definite South London connection, being hosted at Block 336 in Brixton, with stalls of amazing art by many of our local solo artists and partner organisations: Bethlem Gallery, CoolTan Arts , Three C’s, and SE London Art Network. And on the SLaM stall we are displaying 84 selected and framed art on postcards by service users from across the Trust.

The Impact Art Fair, led by Creative Future, in partnership with SLaM’s Arts Strategy has been generously supported by the Maudsley Charity.

The Impact Art Fair provides affordable stalls and specialist support to help artists participate and offers the public an array of distinctive, rich and unique artworks from 150-200 practitioners.

Hope to see you there and please advertise across your networks!

Kind regards


Helen Shearn
Head of Arts Strategy

Reminder: Impact Art Fair @ Brixton, July – call for art work on postcards by SLaM Service users

Dear colleagues,

A gentle reminder for the call for art on postcards by service users for the SLaM stall at the Impact Art Fair at Block 336 in Brixton by 1st July! Here are some more details:


  • Please send the art on postcards to my address at the bottom of this email
    • Impact Art Fair
    • The Fair is hosted at the gallery Block 336, Brixton, London 26th, 27th and 28th of July, 2013.
    • Service users can submit more than one art on a postcard- a panel will select the best, aiming for a good spread and parity across SLaM.
      • Any suitable theme and any art materials on the postcard,  Size 12 x 17cm
      • Please let me know if anyone would like to volunteer-  to either looking after the stall (in shifts) and/ or helping framing the postcards at the Community Link Centre at Maudsley Hospital.
      • The postcard size will fit this frame which I will be providing.

Thanks very much and hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes


Helen Shearn
Head of Arts Strategy

Impact Art Fair @ Brixton, July – call for art work on postcards by Service users

Dear Colleagues,

Please could you promote and disseminate this excellent opportunity to SLaM service users, those who would like to enter their art work on a postcard, to be selected for the SLaM stall at the London wide Impact Art Fair in Brixton.

Postcard art submissions for SLaM stall at Impact Art Fair 2013

The aim  is to have 100 selected art works by service users from across SLaM.  These will be framed (identical Ikea frames) and installed as an impressive and cohesive group show.

I’m also looking for volunteers to help select and  frame the art works before the Fair and look after the stall over the 3 days: 26th, 27th, 28th July 2013.

The Impact Art Fair will be a high profile and high standard event and we are very involved as partners and the Maudsley Charity have supported it.  Bethlem Gallery will also have a stall, as will many other key arts organisations and projects across London.

Please do let me know if you have interest and queries.

NB Deadline to submit entries on a postcard by 1st July to my base address below please!

Kind regards Helen

Helen Shearn

Head of Arts Strategy

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Community Link Centre| Douglas Bennett House| Maudsley Hospital| Denmark Hill| London SE5 8AZ
Telephone:020 3228 2707 Internal: 82707 Fax:0203228 2339 Mobile:07969 587 290

National literary competition for marginalised and disabled writers

FYI from Creative Future National Literary award competition for marginalized and disabled writers.

Deadline: midday, Wednesday 16th June 2013

Please could you also advertise the following poetry/prose competition for marginalized and disabled writers on your networks please?

The live website link to the Creative Future Literary Awards :

Twitter copy: Creative Future launched the UK’s 1st national literary competition for marginalized/disabled writers today:

Flyer here: Creative_Future_

Further details:

Creative Future is a charity that supports marginalised and disabled artists and writers  – those who experience mental health problems, substance misuse issues, learning or physical disabilities, long-term unemployment or social exclusion of any kind. We run two biennial events to promote the work of disabled and marginalised  artists : The Impact Art Fair, the only art fair in the UK solely featuring the work of disabled and disadvantaged artists, and The Tight Modern, a miniature replica of the Tate Modern highlighting 50 disabled artists. We decided it was about time we had an event to showcase the wonderful work of marginalised and disabled writers, hence the Creative Future Literary Awards. Funding from the Arts Council made it a reality and now we’re excitedly looking forward to seeing what work comes in.


Theme: ‘The Spark’

Style: Flash Fiction (maximum 300 words) or Poetry (maximum 200 words)

Deadline: midday, Wednesday 16th June 2013

Entry fee: £5 per piece, £15 if critique required

Award ceremony: 5pm, Friday 27th September 2013, Charleston House, East Sussex, part of the Small Wonder Festival. Hosted by Lemn Sissay. Produced by Collected Works.

ALL COMPETITION ENTRIES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENTRY FORM. This can be downloaded from or email/posted from our offices. Contact or ring 01273 234780. Please ensure you read the competition rules and the eligibility criteria before entering. For more details on the competition, judging panel, award event etc check out the Creative Future Literary Awards website.

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Dominique De-Light | Project Director | Creative Future

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