AN ARTISTIC group with a difference will host an art exhibition in support of creative minds working through mental health issues.

The Darlington Mind Art and Creative Crafts Group offers people the chance to rediscover old talents and learn, develop and explore new skills to express themselves creatively in a safe and supportive environment.

With hours of hard work, the group have put together personal pieces for an exhibition to run in collaboration with Creative Darlington. The gallery is now on show to the public in Darlington's Town Hall in the town centre.

Gary Emerson, chief executive of Darlington Mind, said: “This is a great opportunity for our service users to display some of their exceptional and unique artwork to members of the general public.

"We would like to thank Creative Darlington and their team for allowing us to make this art exhibition a reality.”

The charity's art group offers Mind service users a place to go to make friends and escape the loneliness and isolation often experienced with mental health issues. It is also a place to help artists find a voice by putting their thoughts and art onto paper.

The exhibition opened on Monday and will be on show in the Town Hall until June 14. Some work in the exhibition is for sale.

Mind currently operates with a team of 38 staff and 50 volunteers providing a range of services for people with mental health problems.

  • For more information, contact Darlington Mind Ltd, St Hildas House, 11 Borough Road, Darlington, DL1 1SQ or call 01325-283169.
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