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Drawn to Colour art exhibition

20 November 2012

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UCLan hosts colourful display

An art exhibition at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) PR1 Gallery aims to demonstrate the importance of colour and the influence it can have on our moods and wellbeing.

The ‘Drawn to Colour’ exhibition takes place from 19 to 30 November at the PR1 Gallery in Preston and is open to members of the public.

The exhibition aims to demonstrate the fact that colour is a crucial part of our lives and can mean different things for different people.

“The ‘Drawn to Colour’ exhibition shows how colour is communicated in mental health and how colours mean different things to different people. The exhibition also looks at relationships and the importance of colour in different cultures.”

Staff at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Guild Park site in Whittingham have been working with service users to design pieces of artwork for the exhibition as part of a ‘Drawn to Colour’ challenge. The staff have been facilitating weekly sessions on the wards as part of the project and have worked to get as many people as possible involved.

Artists' work exhibited at the Drawn to Colour exhibition hosted by UCLan

Margaret Ogunlokun, Lead Occupational Therapist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “One thing I’ve definitely learnt is that the power of colour should never be underestimated. Throughout the project service users and staff have all demonstrated the fact that colour has some tremendous expressive qualities.

“The ‘Drawn to Colour’ exhibition shows how colour is communicated in mental health and how colours mean different things to different people. The exhibition also looks at relationships and the importance of colour in different cultures.”

Recent studies suggest that colour can affect people’s wellbeing and that each colour has different representations and signals. Each signal is thought to pass through our neurological system affecting our mental and psychological state. Colour is also believed to change how we feel emotionally and even our day to day performance.

“People have worked individually or as part of a group and have produced some phenomenal pieces of artwork as part of the challenge.”

Carol Bristow, Supportive Environment Encouraging Development (SEED)Project Co-ordinator at Lancashire Care, said: “The exhibition’s theme promotes the emotions and challenges and experiences of dealing with a long term mental health issues through colour.

"The challenge has been for every unit to participate in an activity on the ward to produce a piece of artwork around colour choices and what colour means to them.

Artists' work from the Drawn to Colour exhibition hosted by UCLan

“People have worked individually or as part of a group and have produced some phenomenal pieces of artwork as part of the challenge.”

Bev Lamey from the School of Art, Design and Performance at UCLan has worked with Carol Bristow on several projects over the last few years and the PR1 Gallery has hosted a number of exhibitions.

She added: “The University has a long association with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Guild Lodge and we are happy to welcome the artists to the University again to showcase their work.

“It’s a great opportunity for UCLan students to see the creative work of artists from this community which I’m sure will provide much inspiration.”