Positive Postcards, a free exhibition at The Lowry, opening on Thu 10 October, is set to bring a smile for World Mental Health Day 2013.
Positive Postcards is a project designed to create a wall of art on the theme of positive mental health, with submissions from anyone who wants to send a positive message. Over 200 participants, from 19 different nations, have sent in postcard-sized pieces of art, each carrying a positive message. The postcards will be on display at The Lowry from Thu 10 October – 7 November 2013.
The project has been led by Steven Derbyshire, who is a volunteer with Making Mental Health Positive, an online support group helping people with mental health difficulties manage their conditions with support from likeminded people.
“The majority of my mail is in brown envelopes or ‘junk’ that goes straight into the recycling bin – none of it makes me smile!
The Positive Postcards project began life when I received a homemade art card through the post from a colleague in Making Mental Health Positive. The card was a personal greeting accompanying a routine posting, but it got me thinking; why have we stopped sending letters, cards and generally positive things through the post?
Well, digital communication has certainly taken over – with mobile and internet based communication creating staggering amounts of messages. However, digital greetings can be so cold and short-lived, whereas the physical presence of a card has texture and the personal touch of the sender – and they can be pinned to the wall or stuck on the fridge door!”
The hope is that this project will have a small but positive (and lasting) effect on individuals and groups as they come together to explore art, writing and communicating feelings and ideas – and to support and inspire other groups and individuals to do the same.