Academy of Arts, Seel Street (12:00-16:00)
27th September - 7th October 2005
This incredible exhibition shows off the talents of people who are attempting
to overcome problems with drug misuse on the Wirral. The Arch Initiatives
facility in Conway Street, Birkenhead provides a range of rehabilitation
services focusing on the psychological component of addiction. One of
these courses gives clients an opportunity to create and sell their own
artwork at an annual exhibition. From an artistic point of view, their
inspiration and enthusiasm easily eclipses most on the arty circuit.
The artists have produced work in a wide variety of media – from
light boxes and mosaics to paintings and mirrors. What they all have in
common are vivid colour schemes and the passion to match. For reasons
associated with their treatment, all the artists choose to remain anonymous
artists choose to remain anonymous. All, that is, with the exception of
‘Glynn’ – painter of the wonderfully named ‘Mona
Ethel’ amongst many others.
All the works are available for sale, with the prices barely covering
the price of the materials. For example, the fantastic ceramics typically
cost £3 and £1.50 each – and are therefore far cheaper
than their inferior mass-produced factory equivalents.
Of course, it’s great that people with health problems are expressing
themselves through art, but this is an exhibition that definitely deserves
support on its own merit.