MWI users let their creativity shine
An exhibition highlighting the artistic work of Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) service users starts today.
“This exhibition gives people who are often not heard in society a creative voice in a community setting,” said Morrisa Rogers, Clinical Supervisor for Allied Health at MWI, explaining that it is hoped the exhibition will help destigmatise those dealing with mental health issues.
The seventh annual MindFrame PhotoVoice Exhibition opens this evening at the Bermuda Society of the Arts in City Hall. It will include 55 works of art, photography, jewellery and creative writing from 80 contributors with the theme ‘Do you see what I see? Take a closer look'.
This year's exhibition includes work from clients at Reid Ward, Somers Ward, Somers Annex and Work Activity, along with a group project from Work Activity and Somers Ward users.
MWI Art Therapist, Reilly Ingham, who worked with service users to produce the exhibit, said: “Art therapy allows people to explore their feelings and experiences through artistic expression. It increases insight and helps people cope with physical, emotional, and mental challenges.
“Art-making gives service users an opportunity to communicate with each other through visual conversations and storytelling where everyone can be seen, heard, and respected.”
She said while preparing for the exhibit the service users were exited by their work and having the opportunity to share their experience with the public.
“This exhibit allows community members to interact with service users in a positive way and to see people for their artistic ability, rather than for their mental illness.”
Occupational Therapists at MWI use art in their work with clients as a way to help them manage stress and other symptoms.
Such workshops were supported by the late Royal Gazette photographer Tamell Simons, who shared his photography skills and knowledge with numerous clients. The Photography People's Choice Award at the annual exhibition was renamed in his honour after his passing last year.
The Bermuda Hospitals Board's MindFrame PhotoVoice Exhibition opens at 5pm and will run until October 29.