Hellingly art project - "Outside In"

The Hellingly Centre

“Working with a professional artist to create ‘Outside-In’ was hugely motivating for our service users, enabling them to tell their recovery stories in a new way and see that work displayed for others .” Debbie, Occupational Therapist

The Hellingly Centre provides specialist mental healthcare for mentally ill offenders. Service users at the Centre are often doubly stigmatised with repeated or prolonged contact with the criminal justice system in addition to mental health problems.

In 2012, to coincide with the opening of the new Centre, we funded the Hellingly Arts Project to enable our service users to both create art themselves for display and also bring art from the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne into the Centre.

Service users and staff worked with a local artist, Julie Ford, to create a piece of work for display in the Centre’s reception area: ‘Outside-in’. The work encompasses the notion that recovery entails enough of the outside to be inside the self, and enough of the inside out, in order to be visible. Through incorporating hand made paper techniques, natural materials, and fragments of books, maps, old patterns, wire and wax, individual pieces work together to form a whole. The leaves are embedded with ingredients that can be seen when they meet light.

Photographs of sections of the installation are also on display throughout the building.

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