Now We’re Talking with Art is a campaign spreading positivity, highlighting mental health support and encouraging people to get out, exercise and support local businesses too.
The art trails have now closed.
Did you visit one of our Now We're Talking with art trails this year in Worcester, Redditch or Hereford? If so, we want to hear from you via this short survey:
All responses are anonymous and will be used to help us to improve future campaigns and events.
You can also access a range of art sessions and workshops from painting, mindfullness sewing and activities for the family.
Talking Portraits; an honest conversation about mental health
Crowngate Shopping Centre is proud to announce the launch of Talking Portraits, which features an interactive trail of graffiti artwork around the centre. The art aims to spread positivity whilst removing the stigma around mental health and highlighting the support available. The campaign is designed to bring a little bit of brightness to Worcester.
The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and Onside Advocacy have reached out to eight local people who have experienced living with mental health difficulties. The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and Onside Advocacy support people in the community struggling with their mental health by offering services that people can utilise to support their mental health.
The eight local people have spoken out about their experiences, which has then been translated into the artwork by members of Global Street Art and painted as murals around the centre on vacant units. The trail forms an uplifting story about resilience and standing firm, with people sharing their experiences of suffering with grief, illness and postnatal depression. The stories share the different approaches people have taken for dealing with their mental health.
Each window shows a colourful and vibrant portrait of the interviewee in graffiti, with a short description and key information on where people can find support. The interactive QR code attached to each artwork links to the online map of the trail, where the viewer can find out more about the person in the painting.
Centre Manager at Crowngate Shopping Centre, Mike Lloyd, said: "We couldn't be more excited to bring this fantastic campaign to Crowngate and Worcester; it's essential to do whatever we can to remove the stigma around mental health and hopefully this project will help to open important conversations for people.”
To find out more about the project visit https://crowngate-worcester.co.uk/talking-portraits