Face Value – Say whaaat?

Face Value – (an interactive exhibition.)


  1. to accept something as it appears to be rather than studying it more closely.

2. the apparent worth or implication of something.

Join us at The Institute of Mental Health at Nottingham University on Saturday 10th October between 9.30am – 5.30pm as we explore ‘Mental Health’ beyond it’s face value.

“Mental health is defined by the World Health Organisation, as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” But what does this mean? What is ‘realising potential’? Is it achieving everything you wanted in life? Everything your parents wanted for you? Everything that is expected of you? What is expected of you? Why? What are the normal stresses of life? What is normal? Is anyone productive and fruitful all of the time? What sort of contribution to the community do I have to make? What if my community doesn’t want me? What if I don’t understand? What if i disagree? Who listens to me? Who cares?

The exhibition consists of contributions by local artists who each have their own experiences of mental ill health. Some artists have chosen to explore their own emotions and stories, while others have chosen to depict certain aspects of society that discriminate and disempower survivors of mental illness. Some artists have chosen to focus upon the positive elements of their experiences, such as the beauty within recovery or the wonderful feeling that exudes as life’s obstacles are overcome. Each piece within the exhibition has a powerful message and will support you as you explore the impact that mental health experiences can have upon individuals, families and their communities. This exhibition is a safe environment to confide, express, discover and share.

As part of the exhibition, there will be featured workshops surrounding empowerment and self esteem, confidence, nutritional resilience, and more. There will be information available from local services and organisations that can offer advice and support.

Please be aware that there are two parts to the event on Saturday 10th October. The art exhibition is free and you will be able to attend free workshops throughout the day.The other event is described as a heady mix of conference and carnival around mental health themes of ‘Trauma, Transcendence and Transformation’. To attend the conference you MUST buy tickets in advance. For more info about the conference, please contact carolineopenfutures@yahoo.com. Tickets are based on a voluntary donation.

Date: Saturday 10th October

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Address: The Institute of Mental Health, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU

Email: themollyqueen@googlemail.com

Face Value postflyer copy

In association with Making Waves, Open Futures, Nottingham Trent University and The Institute of Mental Health.


About themollyqueen

Mollyqueen collective are a Nottingham based Artist collective who work through a range of different mediums. We host regular Marvellous Markets and Night markets offering the opportunity for everyone to express their creativity, create a platform for selling their work and meet lots of other like-minded people. Our events incorporate live music, food, art, creativity and the social aspect of a community with the aim of opening up the world of art to everyone and emphasising the importance of self expression in our daily lives.
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