Story and photo by James Woollen
On the 14th October I visited the annual art exhibition hosted at the DINA art gallery at 32 Cambridge Street, entitled Bridges Not Barriers. The event shows art work from artists and groups from around Sheffield, some of whom are recovering from mental health related illness. This year Burngreave was well represented through the Knit and Natter group and the Creative Pathways art project.
The organiser Jenny Richards, a recovery tutor working with the recovery education unit (Sheffield Health and Social Care), said about the Creative Arts Support Team (CAST) and the exhibition: “This exhibition helps to showcase the restorative power of art, no matter what the medium. The work is produced by CAST and the people of Sheffield who have experienced mental illness in some way. I hope the exhibition will help break down some of the stigma around mental health and encourage everyone to reach out to one another.”
If you are interested and what to find out more about CAST visit www.castsheffield.org, or find them on Facebook.