A Madlove Take Over

Art saved my life, can it save yours?

Labelled as the suicide capital of England and Wales, where one person is dying every week, St Helens needs some love, it needs some Madlove…

For the month of November 2019 I’m combining my own utopian mental health design project, Madlove with local St Helens arts organisation Heart of Glass’ annual festival, Take Over.  We’re creating a Madlove Take Over!

I’ve co-curated a programme of amazing local, national and international artists to work with local people who are struggling with their mental health.

We’re building a Madlove Take Over space in the old Argos store, creating a colourful, exciting and welcoming space for tea, chats and moments to relax as well as events, performances and exhibitions.

I hope we can provide somewhere for people to go to try and re-build that sense of community that has been lost.  Local people can also use the space to organise their own activities, everything will be free and everyone will be welcome, including therapy dogs obvs.

Many of the artists invited have experience of their own mental health struggles and having all of my favourite mad artists in the same space will be bonkers!  The line up includes world famous Indonesian artist, Hana Madness, whose bi polar monsters will invade the space and Perrier award winning comedian, Kim Noble, who will present his attempts to end his loneliness.  Local artist, Hwa Young Jung is creating a map of all the places in St Helens where you can get care – such as the friendly person working at the chippy and the festival will be opened by UK celebrity, Touretteshero, whose comedy show explains why her disability always makes her the funniest person in the room.

See the full line up here.

Co-curated by Emily Gee, Mary Osborn and me. Madlove space co-design Sascha Gilmour.