Suffolk Artlink would like to thank the Perspective Project and its founder, Mark Anscombe, for the generous donation of £5,000 towards the costs of our Brave Art programme for adults with learning disabilities. We think you may be interested in the Perspective Project as their aims have a lot of synergy with our own here at Suffolk Artlink.
The Perspective Project is a social enterprise challenging mental health stigma through art and creativity. Mark wrote: “We are a small organisation that sells and leases artwork created by artists with lived experience of mental health conditions, with the aim of tackling stigma and supporting the artists. We’re on a bit of a hiatus from our events program at the moment, but we usually run open mic nights and various creative community events. You can find out more about us here: https://www.theperspectiveproject.co.uk/.”
Mark was being modest. Since its launch in 2017, the Perspective Project has shared the work of over 250 artists, poets and writers from around the world. The work has been viewed over 2 million times across 96 countries. The Perspective Project works with a diverse range of creative artists whose inspiring work is honest, truthful, thought-provoking, often challenging and sometimes unsettling – so browse with care particularly if you have been triggered by content of this nature in the past.
We asked Mark what had inspired the Perspective Project to donate to our Brave Art programme. Mark said: “Over the past few years I have seen first-hand the power of art to change lives. Art is for everyone, no matter their ability or background. Getting creative, trying things out, and not being afraid to get messy and get things wrong is such an important part of life. I am so pleased that we are able to support the wonderful and important work that Brave Art does for the Suffolk community”.
If you are struggling with mental health issues you are not alone. Please talk to someone.