Outsider Gallery

The Outsider Gallery is working with staff from Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) on a project called CREW, Creativity for Recovery, Enablement and Wellbeing

They help people with a mental health condition to create their own artwork and music. This could be working on putting together a CD, creating a painting, co-ordinating a concert, or putting together an art exhibition.

Jon Hall, Co founder of Outsider Gallery, says: “We’re delighted to be working closely with BEH. There is a lot of research to show that art and music have therapeutic benefits. It can help people to express their feelings in a medium other than words and celebrate creativity.

“We’re also keen to address bigger issues like social isolation. When people are unwell their relationships may break down and people can become lonely. This project gives them the opportunity to integrate back into society, meet new people and find a purpose.”

The team will be working with groups of 8 - 10 people with individual and group sessions. Over a 12 week period people will do music improvisation, create a track, work on song writing, lyric writing, develop poems, and record their music. They will play their music, showcase their videos and art work at our exhibitions, which we plan to hold a couple of  times a year.

Dan Damon, from the BBC's World Services radio team, visited the Outsider Gallery in Haringey to explore the positive impact music therapy can have on people with mental health conditions. Click here to listen to the piece.

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