“Shed A Light” incredible art work showcased by people in recovery - My CMS

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year, we are celebrating all things Changing Lives, sharing stories from people who have accessed our services, volunteers and staff.

During lockdown, people accessing Changing Lives recovery services (NTAR) had the brilliant opportunity to work with artist in residence Nicola Lynch on a community art project, funded by the National Lottery. The result is 20 creative and intricate miniature sheds, produced independently and remotely by the people we work with, which represent their experiences of lockdown and their hopes and dreams for the future.

Wendy Bulmer, Community Development & Recovery Worker at Changing Lives said:

“The shed is just a shape, a vessel if you like, for people to actually visualise what’s going on for them, whether that’s a treatment, recovery, their mental health and their mental well-being, whatever that may be. For a lot of people it’s taken them to a happy place.”

Artist, Nicola Lynch said:

“I think we now have a real legacy that will document this bizarre and, dare I say it, unprecedented time… I hope that the exhibitions will be fun, thought-provoking and lead to a greater discussion about peoples emotional wellbeing.”

The sheds are now being exhibited at Fenham library. CEO Stephen Bell and Deputy CEO Becky Elton were amongst those who attended the opening on Monday and got to hear from some of the creators about what their artwork means to them.

The exhibition at Fenham Library will be running until 24th July, then it’ll be showing at Newcastle Central Library from 9th-24th August if you’d like to pay a visit. You can also explore the sheds and read about their meaning through a 360° virtual reality tour on Nicola’s website. Here is a selection of images from the exhibition itself.

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