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Art show tells mental health story

Published 08/04/2015

Artist Pat Ross at the launch of the exhibition of paintings which show his characterisation of his struggles with schizophrenia, at Belfast City Hall
Artist Pat Ross at the launch of the exhibition of paintings which show his characterisation of his struggles with schizophrenia, at Belfast City Hall

An exhibition depicting an artist's struggles with mental health problems has gone on show in Belfast City Hall.

The collection of prints by Pat Ross has been created to provide an insight into his experience of living with schizophrenia.

The Read Between The Lines exhibition is supported by charity Action Mental Health (AMH).

It is on a tour of Northern Ireland and has already been showcased at the Stormont Assembly and Belfast International Airport.

The works are open to view by the public in the east wing of Belfast City Hall until April 20.

Mr Ross said he wanted his art to go some way towards giving hope to others encountering the condition.

"When I was ill words completely failed me," he said.

"I couldn't capture how I was feeling and could only communicate it through my art, which helped relieve my feelings during my illness.

"It is freeing to get them down on paper. Even in the depths of my illness I would get a good buzz after drawing."

Mickie Harkin from Action Mental Health said: "These pieces would not look out of place in any art gallery anywhere in the world.

"Pat has done what others struggled to do - he has taken the not-so-often talked about illness and, through his art, he has allowed us to visually understand his lived experience of a range of different psychological symptoms.

"Action Mental Health is very aware of the challenges and stigma which surround mental health. We are constantly lobbying, researching and campaigning to educate and empower people.

"We see this opportunity with Pat to be a very natural and positive partnership and are as excited and determined as Pat to ensure the public get to see that there is hope, as illustrated clearly in the exhibition."

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