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Art, Anxiety, and Me: How drawing helps me make sense of my mind

11:38 am, Friday, 27th January 2023 - 1 year ago

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Sarah Palmer: The House with The Blue Door.

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is pleased to announce its latest temporary exhibition.

Art, Anxiety, and Me is a collection of illustrations drawn by local artist Sarah Palmer.

The exhibition explores how Sarah uses art to improve her mental health. Featuring prints of Sarah’s work and displays of her sketchbooks, the exhibition also gives visitors the chance to contribute their own mindful artworks which will be displayed throughout the exhibition. Sarah will also be an Artist in Residence at the centre for the duration of the exhibition, creating and displaying brand inspired by the museum and its visitors.  

“We live in an age of anxiety, and like so many others, I suffer from regular and debilitating bouts of it,” said Sarah. “I had a nervous breakdown in the summer of 2010, brought on by work pressures and stress, and since then, anxiety has formed part of the fabric of my mental landscape. 

“Like many people, I take medication, but I also learned that I had to find my own medications for easing the symptoms, so I bike regularly and enjoy the peace and calm of the beach and the woods. But I also prescribe myself daily doses of art. These often take the form of responding to what I see around me in the townscapes of Grimsby and Cleethorpes, for which I have become known locally. But my 60+ sketchbooks are also full of illustrations about how my anxiety makes me feel, and also some of the ways I try to process it, as well as the journaling work to try to help me understand more about why I sometimes feel the way I do.  

“This exhibition is a collection of some of the illustrations I’ve drawn over the last three years. Years which have been defined my Covid lockdowns, and major world events. Being able to draw about my anxiety, and the actual process of choosing colours and working with images helps to calm my brain and give me tools to help me cope with an increasingly anxious planet. 

“I have taken the decision to share this art with a wider audience in the hope that they might inspire others to use their own creativity to help them cope with mental stresses, or make them realise that they aren’t alone.”

The free exhibition has been funded by Grimsby Creates. The exhibition runs from Thursday 2 February to Sunday 16 April 2023.

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays, from 10am to 4pm.

For further enquiries, please contact Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre by telephone on (01472) 323345 or email us at [email protected].

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