In the Face of Adversity
In the Face of Adversity is co-produced and curated by LGBT artists Andy Hicklin and Jo Whalley.
Andy Hicklin is one of eleven self-funded artists in residency at the Islington Mill Art Academy – Phase 3 and approaching the final year end.
An idea which started out over a few drinks at a social event, has come to fruition with the support of Islington Mill and funding from Superbia – Manchester Pride.
Both Andy and Jo have experienced trauma in their lives and through their journey in developing this project have met other artists who have faced adversity themselves or helping others and exploring the many challenges and issues we can face in life through art.
This exhibition has been both a collaborative and a personal healing journey.
With the onset of Autumn, as the trees shed their leaves to preserve themselves during the winter months and make way for new growth and beginnings in spring, we hope that this immersive and inclusive experience will encourage reflection, healing and personal growth.
With adversity comes strength and when we are able to show gratitude, in turn we can receive peace and acceptance.
Through having compassion for ourselves and others we can help each other to find freedom and peace.
Our hope for this exhibition is to enable participants to appreciate the light, power and magic within us and our capacity to heal.
All are welcome at our very special launch on Thursday 17 October, at 6.30pm with performances starting at 7pm.
In the spirit of collaboration, we are inviting everyone coming along to the launch night to bring a cushion that you feel drawn to, or just like the texture / pattern of. Not only will the cushion be there to provide you with comfort during the performances we would also love to create a patchwork of beautiful cushions which will be photographed on the night. The photo will then become part of the exhibition.
Members of Manchester based charity Back On Track’s art group are exhibiting and donations to Back On Track are invited.
In the interests of self-care, please be aware that some of our exhibits contain explicit language and content which might cause upset and distress to some.
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