Service users at south Manchester’s Studio One proudly launched their latest art exhibition on Thursday, with an event at St Andrew’s Church in Wythenshawe.
‘Message in a Bottle’ is a celebration of Studio One’s most recent Art and Wellbeing sessions that have been developed in order for service users to connect with others, take notice of their close environment and share their experiences.
Studio One is the south Manchester Centre for Creative Wellbeing - a city-wide service and part of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust's Recovery Pathways.
The challenging and insightful range of work shows colourful textile memory swatches, miniature dream landscapes, watercolour paintings and photographs of imagined desert islands, carefully displayed as messages in their own bottles.
Charlotte Brown, Lead Wellbeing Artist at Studio One, said: “The theme has encouraged people to examine the tradition of releasing messages in bottles into sea, where hopes and dreams, cries for help and greetings from one country to another have all been cast into the water for someone else to find.
“It has proved to be a really positive project and some of the comments we gathered highlight how valuable creativity is in people’s wellbeing.”
The exhibition runs until mid-July, but due to other events at the church it is best to contact Charlotte to arrange a viewing. Please call 0161 436 6949 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org