About

ImPrudent.Collective; Creative research – bringing mental health communities together, within curatorial practices.

Actively exhibiting, creating spaces to safely exhibit art and experience respectfully, maintaining a critical eye when displaying group work. ImPrudent.Collective is a growing group of creatives, who have accessed mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk – currently based in Norwich. The group’s first exhibition was within Finding A Voice, it has since gained new members and momentum.

The group exists as a way to safely and professionally display creative responses and artworks. By using this approach, collaboratively, creatives will be able to use the platform for their work – to promote a therapeutic and supportive space.

ImPrudent.Collective‘s aspiration is to highlight the support of networks in previously stated areas, and to let creatives have the opportunity and the experience of exhibiting, within a welcoming atmosphere. Some of the work will be displayed anonymously, but of course with the reinsurance and accountability from the group. We encourage this experience will also help fill the gap that creatives fall down when trying to avoid being stigmatised, due to any current struggles, and/or mental health issues.

We hope to continue to create a positive impact on Norfolk and Suffolk communities with this practice, in a safe and critical approach when curating exhibitions. We want to focus on exhibiting work that discusses mental health experiences, and partaking in research via possible academic collaborations, with the intent to improve mental health and trauma-informed practices across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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The Humans

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Betsy Adelaide

My current practice is a tricky one, because I have several ideas/mediums I want to work with.

But my main focus is working towards investigating and reforming Arts Education Ethics, re-looking at the purpose of making students search their vulnerability – subconscious trauma/the act of re-traumatisation. A lot of the time people within Arts Education do not have the training in well-being or therapy to meet students needs, and in the end, it’s neither a win-win for student or teacher/tutor. This is more a researcher, and theorist side of my brain, and 100% believe this is something that will not change overnight, nor in 5 years. Whilst this is the goal, I will also be looking at how generational and/or intergenerational trauma being an environmental issue – it being a big helping hand into why students can’t cope, alongside looking at how individualism is taught in academia. I hope to start training in Psychotherapy in October, too, as a reinsurance for others.

Other than that, I paint and do traditional prints – creating blob forms, usually in black and white, with some red or pink. I like to see the blobs as my brain spilling out from overthinking.

Dislikes:

  • Tony Blair’s smile.
  • Being compared to animals or fictional characters, i.e, Owls, Pugs, and Bridget Jones.
  • Overthinking.

Likes:

  • David Bowie’s Labyrinth (minus the Goblin King x 15 year old relationship).
  • Big fan of the 90’s; Thundercats, Card Captors/Rayearth (CLAMP in general), Baby-Sitters Club, Ninja Turtles, Windows 98 (a serious babe), Tank Girl (comic), Ghost World (comic) etc etc.
  • Baby otters and baby wombats.

 

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Katherine Gilmartin

I have been persistently optimistically stubborn about being heard, taking part and creating events that honestly display and discuss family mental health.  #MyVillage

My practice is predominantly drawing and oil painting my emotional responses to trauma, parenting and mental health.

#YouAreEnough

Dislikes:

  • Talking on the phone
  • paper cuts
  • The Patriarchy

Likes:

  • notebooks and stationary
  • altering mental health stigma
  • Intersectional Feminism