Mind Frame Art Exhibit Opens at City Hall

Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Bermuda Society of the Arts are pleased to present Mind Frame, an exhibition of artwork created by clients who attend the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI). The exhibit will open on Friday, October 17 at City Hall.

Over 70 pieces of art, submitted by approximately 22 artists, will be displayed through November 5. Submissions include paintings, drawings, sketches, stenciling, word expression, poetry, photography and collage.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) at MWI use art in their work with clients as a way to help them manage stress and other symptoms.

“For many people, good mental health is an issue kept in the cupboard,” said Teresa Law, Professional Practice Leader for OT at MWI. “The Mind Frame Exhibition aims to showcase the creativity of people who have experienced some form of mental ill health. Using our natural creativity not only protects our mental health but is also therapeutic, helping to reduce the damaging effects of a period of mental stress or mental ill health.”

Giving time and attention to creativity can aid in relaxation and build confidence and self-esteem through enjoyment and achievement.

Ms. Law referred to the Manchester Start Project, a study of mental illness and the creative process, which made this observation: “By making creative activity a part of our daily life, we can strengthen and revitalize ourselves and build up resilience to stress and anxiety. Think of it as like taking a vitamin pill for your mental health only it’s much better.”

Members of the public are encouraged to view the exhibit and attend the Opening, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on October 17.

“Clients and staff at MWI thank the community for supporting this important event,” said Ms. Law.

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