The Art Studio: No stigma attached
A group exhibition exploring South Asian art and personal journeys of hope, growth and expression by members of the Art Studio, Sunderland
The Art Studio is a Sunderland-based mental health charity that provides support to improve the lives of members through art.
Throughout 2014, members of the Art Studio took part in a series of workshops at the Oriental Museum as part of the South Asian Access Project. During these visits, members discovered and learnt about the South Asian collections at the museum and created art inspired by these visits and the museum artefacts. The art displayed reflects both the diversity of South Asian culture as well as the varied interests of group members. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media and styles - paintings, lino-cuts prints, sculptures, drawings and ceramics.
The focus of the exhibition is a large group piece which shares its name with the exhibition title, ‘No Stigma Attached’. This sculpture is in the form of a lotus flower emerging from murky waters and includes ceramic casts of member’s hands which represent the blossoming petals. The lotus flower, a traditional image of human potential was felt to be a fitting symbol for the Sunderland charity which has provided arts activities and studio spaces for people with mental health issues for over 25 years.