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Arts All Over The Place returns to Birmingham

A major arts festival, which is supported by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and attracts hundreds of visitors, will open at the city’s Custard Factory next week.

Arts All Over The Place, now in its fifth year, demonstrates how vital the arts and creativity can be to mental wellbeing – and will open at the Zellig Gallery, in the former Bird’s factory in Digbeth, on Monday (September 26). The launch event, which begins at 11am, will be compered by local comedy duo Betty and Dirk.

Organised by the Creatives Network for the Arts and Health, it aims to bring together people with mental health problems, their families, friends, artists and health providers to encourage and increase service users’ participation in the arts.

The festival - which runs until Sunday, October 9 - highlights include a two-week residency in the gallery, live entertainment and exhibitions

Since Arts All Over The Place was first launched in 2007, it has become a popular platform where artists with mental health problems can showcase their work. There will also be a special event to celebrate World Poetry Day at the gallery on October 6.
 
Arts participation can help boost people’s self-confidence, aid relaxation and help them develop new skills.

Emma Marks, arts projects officer with our trust, said: “I’m really excited about this year’s festival. We couldn’t have wished for a more amazing space to exhibit the talents of our service users, it’s like the Tate gallery has come to Birmingham.

“Come and see for yourself and take inspiration from what can grow from small beginnings, as we’re now working with Full Potential Arts, who will take the festival forward in future.”

Jenny Ricks, Arts in Health development manager, of Full Potential Arts, said: “We are delighted to be working with BSMHFT and the Arts All Over The Place committee to develop this year's festival, and developing it further for the future.”

For more information about workshops during Arts All Over The Place call Emma Marks on 0121 678 2702 or email creative@bsmhft.nhs.uk.