On September 18th 2023, Art & Soul partnered with ODDESSI to present a one-day exhibition at Bloomsbury Theatre to celebrate ‘Open Dialogue’ - a new form of crisis and continuing mental health care.
Showcasing artwork from over 30 artists on the themes of mental health, dialogue, representation, and experiences of care, the exhibition was visited by over 100 people, celebrating the benefits of art and creativity for mental health and emotional wellbeing.
A number of Art & Soul members shared their artwork at the event, with a mixture of adults who attend our regular group in Twickenham, those from the wider Art & Soul network of artists, and contributions from our friends at Hope in the Heart.
We are grateful for the opportunity to support this fantastic project, and would like to congratulate the ODDESSI team on the completion of their Open Dialogue trial.
In Open Dialogue, the service user and the people close to them decide how care should proceed, and practitioners are there to talk about whatever that person or network decides is most important. ODDESSI aims to compare this new approach to existing services, to see if it is a more empowering way of thinking about mental health care.
Thank you to all of the artists who shared their wonderful work to make this a great event!
View a gallery of images from the event below - please click on each image to enlarge.