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Victoria Pavilion Arts, a community project based in Uckfield is staging a summer exhibition entitled ‘Breathing Space’ in aid of mental health charity Mind.

Victoria Pavilion Arts is a project delivered by Sussex Support Service in Uckfield. The project runs weekly ‘arts for wellbeing’ activities for the whole community and especially those who may have limited access to creative experiences. Through its gallery and workshop spaces it promotes and provides opportunities for local artists and last year successfully brought Artwave to Uckfield and regularly holds Artist & Makers fairs.

Helen, the Arts Development Coordinator, hopes that this latest exhibition, which features the work of 18 local artists and over 50 artworks, will help to raise funds through the sale of works and visitor donations. The exhibition is in remembrance of a close friend and fellow artist, who sadly passed away following her own mental health struggles. The money raised will go to charity Mind which provides support and advice for anyone experiencing mental health problems. Visitors can expect to see a wide range of beautiful, inspiring pieces at prices to suit every pocket.

Helen said, “The theme ‘Breathing Space’ was chosen in recognition of the work we do here at Victoria Pavilion Support centre, providing a haven for those in need of temporary respite, recovery, rest, change of scene or viewpoint. It also reflects our mission to promote and encourage individual and community wellbeing and that of national charity Mind, in fighting to ensure that everyone needing support for their mental health can access that support when they need it.

I am really honoured to be putting together the Breathing Space exhibition to celebrate the life of our much loved and very talented friend and I sincerely hope we can do her memory proud.  When inviting our artists to take part and respond to the theme, I was struck by how many spoke about their own mental health challenges and why this inspired them to get involved. It is an issue that affects so many of us directly or indirectly so this exhibition, and its cause, will resonate with so many on a very personal level.

The charity Mind helps the one in four people in the UK that experience a mental health problem every year. The money raised will fund their vital work including the Mind Infoline, advice services and the campaigning Mind does.”

The exhibition will take place at Victoria Pavilion in Uckfield from July 8th-9th.

The venue is fully accessible and has ample parking just outside. It is family friendly space and dogs are welcome too. Refreshments will be available in the cafe area throughout the exhibition.

Entry is free but donations are welcome and will go to the charity Mind.

Find out more about the exhibition and project by visiting the Sussex Support Services website.