Please join us for the exhibition opening this Friday 4 March 4-8pm

How my art helped my recovery – Emerging by Sarah Carpenter – an exhibition of photographs in the Maudsley Long Gallery.

The Long Gallery, Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ – You can find out more about the show and the long gallery here The show will run until 27 May.

‘Emerging’ is the latest series by photographer Sarah Carpenter focusing on the issues surrounding mental health, specifically eating disorders. It explores how seemingly mundane objects & situations can be obstacles from which we emerge on a daily basis. Sarah Carpenter is an artist and former eating disorders patient at Maudsley Hospital. She used her artwork as a tool for recovery.

‘Emerging is a direct reference to my journey so far and where it may lead. It is my first self-portrait series and is special to me as it has allowed me to see my own body objectively

and in a more self-compassionate light, something that has become increasingly difficult for women living in the mass media culture of today’s society.

I feel lucky to be able to communicate through my work. In my experience, the arts are a great facilitator for opening up lines of communication”

“It is only by facing chaos head on, battling your own demons & putting yourself into a position of vulnerability / fragility that you can open up & re-learn about life & relationships, make changes & in turn become a stronger person; the person that you wish to be.”

Here she describes her artwork and how it evolved from dealing with bulimia here.

You can contact Sarah via: Website: www.sarahcphotography.co.uk/ Email: sarah.carpenter@ymail.com/ Twitter: @SFATEXAS1 / Instagram: @SFATEXAS #Emerging

Huge thanks for the support provided by the Simon Walker Trust Fund of the Maudsley Charity without whom the exhibition wouldn’t have happened. “I hope that through this on-going project, people who have similar experiences may take comfort in this kind of sharing, that it may help the battle to break down stigmas and perhaps even encourage a new audience to the Long Gallery. It is tremendous that I am able to debut the work in the very place that inspired the collection. I passionately feel that what SLaM are doing with the space is a real testament to the healing qualities of art and the role it plays within society, it is an extremely professional and positive gallery space”.

Press – London Live: The exhibition was recently featured on the London Go programme for Eating disorders awareness week and Sarah’s interview was on London Live News: ‘What to do and where to go – our guide to the best arts and entertainment across the capital.’ You should be able to view this on catch up here.