We worked with Personality Plus, a Department of Health funded project, to help address the stigma associated with a personality disorder diagnosis. The aim was to capture positive creativity, reflecting and promoting the success that Personality Plus treatment and support schemes were having. Art workshops were run at projects around the country, before culminating in a major exhibition at Tate Modern designed to engage service user groups, artists, specialist practitioners and policy-makers.
The project was successful in communicating with and engaging wide audience groups, and in providing an empowering voice for those with a personality disorder diagnosis.
The project then became a Community Interest Company (Emergence CiC), with a flourishing training, education and research function. A programme has been developed including arts and wellbeing events, the use of art and positive creative engagement to build long-term resilience in people and creating learning networks through co-production.
A working partnership with Tate Modern has resulted in a gallery leadership programme for London members.