Over the past two years, Gwyn and longterm artist collaborator Mel Brimfield have been developing an installation project that explores the value of – and access to – creativity in the treatment of mental illness.
The project has brought together more than 100 mental health service users, singers, museum volunteers and members of UK Men’s Sheds and Men’s Sheds Cymru.
The epic sixteen-channel sound-piece was inspired by an extraordinary recording of Patrick – a long-term in-patient that Mel met as part of a her research at the National Psychosis Unit and Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience – reciting poetry. The writing process then drew from a series of songwriting workshops across the UK, with groups including including inmates at HMP Parc, Kings College researchers and the Maudsley Hospital choir, and the final work was performed and recorded with More than Just a Choir.
The installation opened at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield, January – March, and was planned to tour to Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; The Tetley, Leeds; and Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester… keep an eye out on Gwyn’s social media pages for other ways to experience it, and watch this space for updated post-Corona details!