Can you hear me?
In April 2013, we launched a creative project to challenge the stigma and discrimination, experienced by lesbian and bisexual women who have a mental health problem.
Can You Hear Me?’ is funded by Time to Change and is being delivered in partnership with local arts company, Creative Curve.
Working with a group of around 20 lesbian and bisexual women with firsthand experience of a mental illness, all about speaking up and speaking out about mental health.
The workshops are working towards a pilot and main exhibition, featuring a set of kitchen spaces, all designed and created by the participants. For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home and where many of our difficult and often life-changing conversations happen. We believe that the first step in ending stigma and discrimination around mental illness, is to have a conversation and ‘Can You Hear Me?’ provides the perfect opportunity.
We also have an Audio Technician within the Project Team, who has been working with some of the participants, to create audio pieces and sound effects which will play out in each of their kitchens during the exhibitions.
Our project is currently working towards an exciting ‘living exhibition’ which will be previewed on 26th and 27th July, ready for our final launch and main exhibition taking place between 20th and 25th August at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.
The exhibition will feature a series of real-life kitchen spaces, created and designed by the participants, where you can sit down, listen, talk and learn about their experiences of living with a mental illness and the impact that stigma and discrimination has had on them.
We’re hoping that by giving people the opportunity to share experiences and learn about mental health, we’ll be making the world a much more accepting place for lesbian and bisexual women who experience distress.
For more information about the project and to look out for exhibition dates, call 0845 3 30 30 30.
Friday 26th July 2013, 4pm - 8pm
Launch of the Preview Exhibition
Saturday 27th July 2013, 1pm - 6pm
Tuesday 20th August 2013, 5.30pm – 9pm
‘Can You Hear Me?’ Launch Event ‘Loud and Clear’