Stigmaart, a mutual cooperative with a charitable focus, has been shortlisted for the Big Lottery Fund in conjunction with the Leicester Mercury and Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation.
The public have an opportunity over the following two weeks to support their favoured project by using forms printed in each edition of the Leicester Mercury to cast their vote as to which project should receive funding.
You can help support Stigmaart’s worthwhile project by filling in the form printed in each edition of the Leicester Mercury (Stigmaart are option 10) and returning them via freepost to the address listed on the bottom of the form.
twitter: @stigmaartuk – show your support by using the hashtag ~vote4stigmaart
Here’s what Stigmaart have to say about their project:
We will build upon our experiences and investigate how our shared lived lives of mental health can be communicated to society at large in a variety of creative and co-produced platforms of artistic mediums. This will then be presented to the public domain by holding a series of gallery events in museums and/or art galleries within the County, open mic night, innovation events, open evenings, social media such as Twitter, and campaigns.
This user led project will deliver a multi faceted agenda of interrelated activities under an artistic framework, we will inspire cognitive analysis of how important communicating mental health is and shared lived experiences are in important in developing and holding conversations around mental health. This programme has been inspired by our existing members who participated in the “My Living Voice” art programme funded by Leicestershire County Councils Innovation fund.
The group ran with support from professional’s art sessions, managed budgets and delivered a successful regional art exhibition where over 200 people attended over one week and recorded their comments in the exhibitions think tank (we have included the conversations as an attachment to this bid). This allowed social contacts and conversations around mental health and how we can communicate feelings and shared lived experiences.
At our last exhibition in the Flint rooms at Leicester Adult Education College over 800 people attended the viewing of the art.
We believe that the project will:
- Provide peer mentoring
- Increase the employability skills of members by, confidence building, developing art skills, working with emotions of self, place and history, decision making and working as part of a team.
- Will develop a better understanding of independent living
- Will influence public perception of mental health
- Development and embedding of new co-productive ways of working