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Thank you to the Portsmouth News for attending the exhibition and printing this fabulous report

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/art-exhibition-unhooked-tackles-mental-health-issues-in-aid-of-solent-mind-at-yellow-edge-gallery-gosport-3421011

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Launch Night Was a Resounding Success!

The launch night of Unhooked ’21 at Yellow Edge Gallery, Gosport was, we are very pleased to announce, a huge success!

Artists Mernpunk, MP13TZ, Gary Moore, Tom Fry, Clarke Reynolds, Charlotte Hampson, Jazmine Saunders and Hayley Paterson attended the artist meet and greet.

L-R: Gary Moore, Hayley Paterson, Tom Fry, unknown, Jazmine Saunders, Matt Lodge, Dale Lodge, Kevin Gardner, Charlotte Hampson, Clarke Reynolds

After introductions and a few glasses of wine, CEO of Solent Mind Kevin Gardner said a few words about the work of the charity followed by a brief thank you from curator Dale from Mernpunk.

Kevin Gardner, CEO of Solent Mind, attended the event

The attendees then took their seats for the charity art auction. Auctioneer Jonathan Waterhouse did an amazing job or comparing and auctioneering, with every donated lot sold!

Auctioneer Jonathan Waterhouse did an amazing job on the night

A final total from the evening will be posted soon but the auction broke the £2,000 barrier!

L-R: artist MP13TZ, gallery owner Steve Buggle, artist Tom Fry, curator and artist Dale Lodge, auctioneer Jonathan Waterhouse, artist Gary Moore

A massive thank you to everyone who supported the event!

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Unhooked in the media

 

Many thanks to The News Portsmouth, and the Gosport Globe for featuring articles about our exhibition. You can read them here:

Portsmouth News Feature

Gosport Globe Feature

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PRESS RELEASE

Arts Exhibition “Unhooked” Showcases Artists Raising Awareness for Mental Health Charity

Wednesday, 14th July 2021: Artists will unveil works inspired by their own mental health stories at the Yellow Edge Gallery in Gosport later this year.

The Unhooked Exhibition, curated and managed by Dale Lodge of Mernpunk Alternative Interiors, provides artists with a platform to raise awareness and understanding of issues surrounding mental health within the community.

Airing at the Yellow Edge Gallery from the 9th to the 17th October 2021, the exhibition features works from over 20 acclaimed UK Artists, including Tom Fry, Laura Greenway, Clarke Reynolds, Ashleigh Spice, Adam Riches and Jazmine Saunders, and explores themes ranging from grief, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, and depression, to living with blindness, autism, and other disabilities.

In addition to providing artists a space to start conversations about mental health and art as therapy, the exhibition aims to raise funds for Mental Health Charity Solent Mind, a UK-based support service providing help for people dealing with a broad range of mental illnesses.

“We have set ourselves a target to raise £5,000, which will be split into two sections,” says curator and exhibition organiser, Dale Lodge. “The first part is to cover the gallery’s non-profit hire charge of £1000 for the duration of the exhibition, so that all artists will be able to exhibit without the pressure of having to find the funds to allow them to do so. The remainder of our target amount is to raise funds for Solent Mind.”

The exhibition welcomes and encourages those willing to assist, offering organisations the opportunity to sponsor an artist’s £50 exhibition fee, contribute towards the fundraising goal, or donate to the charity directly. Every penny raised will count in the mission to help Solent Mind improve the lives of hundreds of local people who are reaching out to them for help – and of course, the many who will continue to do so in the future. Organisations sponsoring the event will have their Company name featured across the exhibition’s literature, as well as across the event’s social media and web platforms.

For more information regarding the exhibition, the artists, the gallery, or Solent Mind Charity, please visit www.unhookedtheexhibition.org, or get in touch at www.unhookedtheexhibition.org/contact-us/.

You can also donate directly to the event through the exhibition’s GoFundMe, www.gofundme.com/f/unhooked-the-exhibition/.

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Read Curator Dale’s Interview with Britain Uncovered

Ahead of the Unhooked exhibiton taking place later this year, Britain Uncovered is today speaking with curator, Dale Mernpunk, about diet culture, the negative impact of social media, the reasons why BMI calculators are unhelpful, and many other important body image issues. In addition, we also hear more about Dale’s latest work, ‘Famine’, which is a direct response to the obsessive diet advice that intrudes on our daily lives.

https://www.britainuncovered.co.uk/post/interview-with-artist-and-curator-dale-mernpunk

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Artist MP13TZ Speaks to Solent Mind

Matt tells us Solent Mind how painting has helped him express his feelings and quiet his mind. ⠀

https://www.instagram.com/p/CP8yYlPpKxl/

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Watch Hayley’s Video Speaking About Her Experiences

Hayley from Southsea shares her story with Solent Mind, giving an insight into how art has helped her mental health.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CP3GAVqJ6R4/

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Artist Charlotte Hampson speaks to Solent Mind

Charlotte from Portsmouth tells us how painting has helped her better understand her own emotions and shares a few of the benefits she has experienced from her painting practice.

https://www.solentmind.org.uk/news-events/blog/charlottes-story-art/

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Curator Dale Speaks to Solent Mind

Unhooked curator Dale @mernpunk speaks to Solent Mind…
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[REGRAM] Dale tells us about how creating art has been an important part of her mental health journey and how her new exhibition ‘Unhooked’ (@unhookedtheexhibition) will showcase the work of other artists depicting their own struggles with mental health issues.⠀

She says “I didn’t want Unhooked to be a cliché of mental health issues.⠀
I would like the exhibition to be a positive thing rather than it being the usual attitude of ‘here we are, broken people. Feel sorry for us’. I know I personally use my ‘differentness’ as a motivation and inspiration rather than a hindrance.”⠀

Read Dale’s story and find out how to attend the exhibition by following the link

https://www.solentmind.org.uk/news-events/blog/unhooked-exhibition/

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Read Tom’s Interview with Solent Mind

Tom shares a poem about his experiences of depression and tells us how art and poetry have been an important part of his mental health journey. Read his story:

Tom’s Interview

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