Brighton and Hove Recovery College ‘Make a Mark’ and get creative

Brighton Recovery College Make a Mark

Our Brighton and Hove Recovery College recently hosted a creative drawing workshop as part of Sussex Partnership's arts and health programme, Make Your Mark/ Year of Drawing.

Designed to increase access to the arts for people facing mental health challenges, the event was at local Brighton art gallery, Fabrica, and included designing and developing drawing machines using a range of materials.

10 students attended and Peer Trainers from the College were on hand to support.

Jennie Lawes, Peer Trainer at our Brighton and Hove Recovery College, helped organise the event. She said, “It was a wonderful event and the students created some really great drawing machine inventions, including cloth that draped through paint to create a picture. We created a variety of effects using charcoal, graphite and inks.”

She added, “Focusing on art can be very freeing. You’re very much in the present, with the past not battering away at you and the future not pulling at you. Doing art with other people can feel supportive too. At the end of the session, the students expressed how proud they felt and said that they felt a real sense of achievement.”

Our Recovery College is running another ‘Make your Mark/ Year of Drawing’ workshop for their students on the 13th March. 

Creations from both of our College’s workshops will feature in a public exhibition at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne (date tbc), where individuals will share their stories of mental health to challenge stigma, whilst bringing the arts and mental health worlds together.