Sunderland mental health artists create charity calendar

Pictures from The Art Studio calendar
Pictures from The Art Studio calendar
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PEOPLE suffering with mental health problems have had works of art turned into a calendar to raise money for the charity helping them combat their illnesses.

A dozen artists from The Art Studio, Hendon, have contributed to the project.

The group began working on oil paintings, pottery and digital art in July.

These have now been photographed and published in a 2014 calendar to raise money for The Art Studio.

The organisation aims to help people suffering from mental health problems cope through art therapy.

Charity chairman Val Craggs said it can provide an escape.

“It helps people to relax in a safe environment, and it helps people to cope,” she said.

“We have people coming who can suffer from anything from temporary issues such as a breakdown, to longer lasting problems such as depression.”

The calendar has been created to raise money to help the charity, which receives funding from Sunderland City Council, Lloyds bank and the Big Lotto Fund, among others, to continue its work.

Val said every little helps. “We are only a small arts and mental health project, so the money will go back into helping run The Art Studio. The members work with professional artists to help them improve their techniques in painting or print making and other techniques – it really helps them.”

The calendar, which has been put together over the last four months, is on sale now.

“We worked with a professional photographer to take all the pictures for it,” said Val.

“Now we want to promote it and sell as many copies as we can.”

The calendar is on sale from The Art Studio and the Art Centre Washington for £5.99.