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Dignity in mental health through creativity

Originally posted by Making Minds committee member, Christina Thatcher, on her site www.collectingwords.wordpress.com: Not many of us think about our dignity on a daily basis. In fact, I’m not sure I’d truly considered what mine meant before being invited to develop two creative writing sessions on the topic for a project run by Making Minds…

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Boyd backs festival effort and shares his thoughts

Welsh actor, writer and musician, Boyd Clack has lent his support to the proposed Welsh mental health arts festival, saying ‘It’s a fine idea and support it wholeheartedly’. Boyd has also provided us with his thoughts on the arts, creativity and mental health… “Madness has no pluses. If it did it wouldn’t be madness. It…

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Jeremy clowns around for new theatre experience

Hey! My name is Jeremy Linnell and I’m a performer/writer/maker based in Cardiff. I’m what you’d call an emerging artist, I’ve got a few small projects under my belt, mostly writing and performance, but am currently taking my first real steps into creating live work. I’d like to tell you about a project I’m working…

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Valleys artist overcomes depression to exhibit work

An Aberdare artist is about to exhibit his work for the first time, citing depression and anxiety as key reasons for his creative endeavours. Glyn Brimacombe has been supported by Making Minds to exhibit his work at two Rhondda galleries. Glyn’s collection of abstract art will go on display at Workers Gallery, Ynyshir, during April…

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What World Mental Health Day 2014 means to Making Minds

  If you’ve got any interest in mental health, World Mental Health Day can be an opportunity to reflect, take stock, seek new opportunities and look forward to what lies ahead. That is certainly the case for Making Minds. Many organisations issue annual impact reports to help others see what progress they’re making or what…

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Artist needed for our brand new project!

Making Minds and The Living Room are delighted to officially announce our joint project, Cam wrth gam!  Meaning ‘step by step’ in Welsh, this workshop series will offer a range of writing and art sessions designed to encourage participants to discuss their own lives as well as their experiences of addiction and recovery. Those attending…

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A colourful ending for Creative Challenge

Our first funded project, Creative Challenge, ended recently. The final three sessions were all about visual art and were delivered by Rhiannon Gray. Throughout these closing sessions, the group worked together to create clay masks and a group batik piece. The masks were made with modelling clay, shaped around newspaper. In the main, they were…

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Creative Challenge – it’s all making sense!

Week three of the Creative Challenge project saw the third, and final, session for Mab Jones. In her previous sessions, Mab had taken the group through a range of activities, including changing song lyrics based on people’s personal experiences and using different writing styles to create poetry. Session three looked at memories, objects, senses and…