CMS – Exhibition Programme

CMS – Exhibition Programme

Art Acumen are curating a programme of exhibitions and events to support conversations around diversity & inclusion, empathy, social mobility and mental health

Our first in the series is a photographic exhibition “In the Minds Eye” by Suzie Larke, whose work is inspired by her own experience of mental health.

“I have strived to create images that promote a greater understanding of the spectrum of experiences of depression. To challenge the cliché head in hands image that is often used to depict depression by the media. To raise awareness and break through stigma.”

Through conceptual photography Larke visualises the isolating effects of mental health problems for individuals, helping others to see what is usually hidden, and in turn helping to cultivate empathy and inspire greater connections.

The exhibition was programmed to coincide with CMS’ event “This is Me: the importance of expression to mental health” The event showcased the first public screening and external launch of CMS’ powerful and moving film ‘This is Me’  featuring 11 CMS staff sharing their own experiences of mental health and illness.

In addition to film launch and exhibition Art Acumen arranged for Suzie Larke and comedian Jayde Adams to join two CMS partners on a panel to discuss mental health, and in particular, how the creative process helped to process feelings when sometimes conversation had been difficult.

The overwhelming message that prevailed from the wider panel discussion was that creativity – being able to express yourself as an individual – is key to wellbeing.

Suzie’s exhibition will be on display at CMS’ London headquarters for three months, before being toured to Sheffield, Edinburgh and Glasgow offices.

Art Acumen are passionate about curating art and delivering engaging creative programmes that bring people together to connect, share, discuss, collaborate and innovate. Please read about our Cultivate art programme, inspired by the needs of post-pandemic organisations.


An interview with Suzie Larke:

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