Zebra one Gallery in Hampstead is raising awareness for mental health this month.
The gallery is showing a powerful exhibition entitled With Art in Mind featuring artwork from some of the world’s biggest artists. All the work in the three-week exhibition will explore mental health and the proceeds raised will go towards the Mental Health Foundation.
Gabrielle Du Plooy who will be curating the show, said: “A percentage of sales from these pieces will go to the amazing Mental Health Foundation. They have been successfully running their own art programme for ten years, demonstrating the importance of art to understand, protect and sustain good mental health.”
The exhibition will feature work from iconic artists such as Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol.
Work from contemporary artists who struggle with mental health will also be in the show, many of which have created exclusively for the exhibition. The artists include Kim Noble who has become known as the artist with 21 personalities after appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show. Her Dissociative Identity Disorder leads her to have multiple characters in her personality, these include the teenage bulimic, devout Catholic, Salamoe and gay Ken.
Brothers, Charlie and Eddie Proudfoot will also feature their work in the exhibition. The reclusive duo is from New York and has had spells in psychiatric hospitals, they use art as a form of therapy to deal with their troubled childhood and communicate with the outside world.
Charlie and Eddie Proudfoot
The show will also feature work from Psychologist and artist Lee Du Ploy, who paints the patients and people he had met over the past three decades, who have suffered from mental health issues. Former Ultravox and Duran Duran guitarist, Gerry Laffy who is now an acclaimed mix media artist will feature his work in the show.
Other artists whose work will feature in the exhibition include figurative artist Darren MacPherson, extraordinary illustrator Nigel Stefani, abstract cartoonist Stifado Dante, painter and sculptor George J Harding and Mason Storm and her controversial paintings.
Megan Ruddlesden, Events & Community Fundraising Manager at the Mental Health Foundation said: “The arts are an incredibly powerful way to talk about mental health - to share experiences, tell stories, reduce stigma, and change minds.”
“We’re so excited about the Mental Health Show art exhibition with Zebra One Gallery, which will further highlight the invaluable link between mental health and art.”