Behind The Smile

Artists Collaborate To Raise Awareness Of Invisible Illness

Date: 26th February - 23rd March 2018

Private View: Saturday, 3rd March 2018 at 17:30–20:30

Venue: Bank’s Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby


Aiden Smith, Ann Bates, Alinta Higgs, Brendon McDowell, Charlotte Rhoades, Claire Davies, Clare Fisher,Clare Morgan, Deb Downward, Elizabeth Blades, Emerciana Desouza, Fae Kilburn, Jackie Ward, Jacquelyn Cook, Jacqui Futers, Janine Booth, Kate Whiting, Karen Moore, Kayrakise Evans, Kirstie Adamson, Kim Fowler, Laura Mossop, Martin Hyde, Martin Davis, Mary Smith, Rebecca Jarman, Rachel Caunce, Ruth Gray, Sally Taylor, Stevie Davies, Vikki Marsden.

The exhibition will explore living with issues such as chronic pain, depression & anxiety. Aiming to breaktaboos & raise awareness. Derbyshire magazine collage artist Kirstie Adamson was inspired to create an exhibition to raise awareness of invisible illness by her experiences of living with endometriosis and adenomyosis. A call for expressions of interest from other artists was met with an unanticipated large response. “I am overwhelmed with the response and I am grateful for the way in which artists have been quick to offer ideas and assistance making the initial concept so much more than I could have hoped. It has also been a great opportunity to work with new artists and become reacquainted with others.”

Kirstie Adamson
It is fascinating to see the different ways in which the brief has been interpreted with each artist taking a unique approach. There is also a great range of different mediums being used from ceramics to collage to resin. There will be an opportunity to meet some of the artists involved at a private view event on Saturday 3rd March, there is an event page here where you can let the artists know that you'll attend

This promises to be a truly inspiring exhibition and not one to be missed.

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