Artist documents mental health battles in new exhibition at the Pie Factory Gallery, Margate

Journey of Nutcase 10 – an art exhibition by Amanda Godley
Runs from 20 April 2018 to 24 April 2018 (10am-4pm)

This month sees a new art exhibition in Margate that documents the journey of local artist, community activist and mental health worker, Amanda Godley, through her battles with mental health difficulties. The exhibition outlines her response to dark struggles with personal demons on the way to acceptance of life events and mental well-being. This solo exhibition includes reflections on the dynamic journey made while undergoing psychoanalysis.

This exhibition – Journey of Nutcase10 – her first in 35 years, uses the media of watercolour, Russian watercolour, pencil, gouache, oil pastel and mixed media.

Commenting on her forthcoming exhibition, Amanda Godley said: “I am hugely proud and excited to be hosting this exhibition of my work at the Pie Factory Gallery in Margate. I hope that others who are suffering mental health difficulties in silence may find this exhibition gives them the inspiration and strength to express something about this in whatever form they find most appealing to them.”

Amanda Godley portrait

Amanda Godley, alias Nutcase10, studied Fine Art: Sculpture in 1979-83 and Art Psychotherapy in 1997-9. Since spending four years living in the Cayman Islands in the early millennium she came back to the UK and once again returned to psychoanalysis in earnest. A dynamic process which she found enhanced her creativity. Amanda is currently working in the field of mental health, for Margate-based organisation SpeakUpCIC, supporting people to speak up about their difficulties.

Journey Nutcase10.jpg

Maggie Gallant, SpeakUpCIC Managing Director, said: “Amanda Godley is an inspiration to fellow mental health sufferers. Amanda has been on her mental health recovery journey since her early twenties and has become a fantastic advocate for using creativity to aid this process. As an artist and art psychotherapist, Amanda has advocated the beneficial effects of artistry for better mental well-being and I am very proud to see her work showcasing this connection.”

This exhibition ‘Journey of Nutcase10’ is part of a bigger programme of events responding to TS Elliot’s poem The Waste Land, running in parallel with ‘Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’’ at Turner Contemporary.

Details of the exhibition can be found at https://piefactorymargate.co.uk/exhibition/journey-of-nutcase-10-an-art-exhibition-by-amanda-godley/

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