Local artist Gail Curry left school in 1980 and never dreamed one day she would paint and have her own exhibition. Art, in particular painting, was something that school had never taught well, it was punishing, prescriptive and anything but inspiring. In fact in the next 37 years Gail only completed two paintings. However whilst painting was not something Gail enjoyed, many other creative avenues were. Many know her as ‘the felt woman’, as the main product of her practice as an artist for the last five years has been felt making, with her business Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC, based in Whitley Bay. Suddenly in 2017, having just finished writing a book of poetry which chronicled her life in good times and bad, the urge to paint arrived very unexpectedly. Gail tried to ignore it, ‘painting is not for me!’ However the urge did not diminish but grew and so Gail decided to embrace it.
As someone who has used their creativity to enable them to work when suffering from the difficult mental health condition of Post Traumatic Stress, Gail is proof of the power of creativity and positivity for personal well being.
The exhibition is called ‘surfacing’ as it continues where the book ended, with visual poems on her experiences of life and mental health. It also represents her surfacing as painter in her own right. Gail’s enthusiasm and passion for all things creative are infectious, a natural story teller who has sold out several venues on talks about her previous life as a photographer, traveller and poet. Expect an array of emotions, a visit from Doris the amygdala and perhaps you will be embracing your creativity soon too.
In this event Gail will share her creative process, describing how works are created, as well sharing her learning about how to disempower your inner critic and release your own creative flow as well as answering questions from the audience.
All proceeds from this talk are being donated to Launchpad North Tyneside, a local mental health organisation who promote the voices of those affected by mental health difficulties.
Tickets are £4.00 from Ticketsource, the box office or Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC