A.I.M. (Artists in Mind)

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A.I.M. (Artists in Mind) Profile

Brief History

AIM grew out of a long-term project entitled Art and Mind, a partnership between Leeds University and Rampton Secure Hospital. It manifest as a consequence of a series of creative encounters between staff and students of the University, and a group of artist-patients and staff within the hospital regarding the significance of visual language in relation to the mentally ill. This led to a major touring exhibition and three symposia.

This work is sustained and developed under the auspices of “Artists In Mind”, a registered charity.

Mission Statement

The intentions of AIM are:

• To promote the psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being of people experiencing mental distress through furthering visual arts input within psychiatric institutions with negotiated regional, national and international outcomes affirming the value of the creative process towards self-realisation (a tendency not an absolute)

• To highlight the significance of the sharing of psychological insights and experiences through art; the benefit to the artist-patient in terms of identity and self-esteem, to the contemporary artist in terms of professional development, and to the wider community in gaining a deeper understanding of psychic processes.

• To counter prejudice by challenging negative social perceptions of the mentally ill.

• To offer opportunities in the form of creative and professional development for mental health sufferers both within and beyond the institution.

• To support staff within psychiatric institutions in their own work as arts facilitators, developing active partnerships between arts organizations, psychiatric institutions and similar initiatives both nationally and internationally.

• To initiate, and engage in, debate within the area of art and healing from the premise of the Artist, to publish within the field, and to offer the work of AIM as a premise for the research of such issues for both clinical and cultural use.

A.I.M. believes that in the development of language individuals can articulate complex and subtle inner experiences. TO this end we set up creatvive sanctuaries in which there is non-judgemental and non pathologising of individials who have suffered psychic trauma.

A.I.M. works in forensic units and in the community. We place people with endurign and long term mental health problems into artists studios with mentoring. Publish books which reveals the visual and writen narratives of artist-service users. We have devised drama performances of service user artists lives which we tour to hospitals and theatres. We also work on long term artist placements in secure psychitric units.

A.I.M. takes the premise that "creativity is the immune system of the mind" and that people in distress need to be given the opportunity to develop an appropriate langauge of expression which works on the deepest level of the psyche to clarify, bring to light and chart life experiences and personal journeys. This is for the benefit of the individual and for society as a whole.

A.I.M. (Artists in Mind) Locality of Operation

  • National
  • Locally In England
  • Overseas

A.I.M. (Artists in Mind) Areas of Benefit

  • Aged
  • Community Relations
  • Cultural
  • Disabled
  • Education
  • Family Welfare
  • Health
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Research
  • Medical Welfare
  • Mental Health
  • Training and Employment
  • Human Rights
  • Performing Arts
  • Music

A.I.M. (Artists in Mind)
Turnbridge Mill, Quay Street, Huddersfie

Tel - 01484-345223
Fax -

Websites and Email Contact
The website of A.I.M. (Artists in Mind) is - http://www.aimcharity.co.uk

Number of Trustees
The total number at A.I.M. (Artists in Mind) is 5

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