‘Talking Portraits’ – interactive trail of artwork in Worcester to raise awareness of mental health

Julia Savage one of BDRN’s longest standing Research Champions has written the following article about her involvement in the Worcestershire Health Care NHS Trust ‘Now We’re Talking’ campaign. All of us at BDRN would like to thank Julia for her ongoing support of our research.

Julia Savage, BDRN Research Champion

“Earlier this year Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health Care NHS Trust organised an Art Trail around the city of Worcester.  This was part of the ‘Now We’re Talking’ NHS campaign.  Local artists provided bespoke pieces of art to raise awareness of mental health.  The trail included paintings, embroidery, sculptures and photography.

Following the success of the Art Trail Herefordshire and Worcestershire Care NHS Trust have organised another Art Trail of 9 graffiti portraits by artists using images of local people.  A QR Code giving further information about the person whose graffiti portrait is displayed.

My own graffiti portrait displays information about my experience with bipolar disorder and also about my involvement with BDRN and the value of ‘True Colours’ research.  I hope the images will encourage people to talk more openly about mental health and seek information around mental health from the ‘Now We’re Talking’ www.nowweretalking.nhs.uk

The Graffiti Art Trail will be displayed around the Crowngate Shopping Centre in Worcester City on shop windows.  It launched on 17th December 2021.  Please come along and support the event by walking the trail. Maps are available here.