This month see’s the launch of Brighton & Hove’s Artists Open Houses – a celebration of the creativity, diversity and culture of one of our vibrant communities.
While we are not taking part this year, we decided to use the opportunity to shine a spotlight on our amazing service-users, residents and Youth Ambassadors. The pandemic has bought challenges for all of us, not least those of us who were already vulnerable and struggling with mental health challenges before covid-19 entered our lives. With this in mind, we invited our service-users to submit a piece of artwork that reflected their thoughts on the past year. We collated these entries and displayed them on our website as part of an online art exhibition throughout June, which you can see here.
The creation of art can have a major impact on our mental health and wellbeing. It can boost confidence, make us feel more engaged and help alleviate stress and tension. We hope you’ll put aside a few moments to look through these pieces of artwork and that you’ll consider making a small donation to support homeless and vulnerable young people in lieu of an entry fee.
The pieces may even inspire your inner artist! If so, we’d love to see your pieces – you can tag us in @YMCADLG across all social channels.
‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’ Edgar Degas