Artist shortlisted in competition aimed at promoting mental health

Artist shortlisted in competition aimed at promoting mental health

by Tom Martin (June 2021)

A SOUTHPORT artist who is a dedicated ambassador for mental health has had her work shortlisted for a special competition.

Hayley Coggins decided to enter an international competition called ‘Art as a Response to Mental Health’ and her submission was picked for the Doncaster art online exhibition.

It will now be up to voters to decide on what pieces will proceed to the final.

Hayley’s work is entitled 'Shine through the Forest of Seasons’. She explained: “It is an inspirational piece relating to the theme of grief and how trauma and loss can impact mental health. There has been so much suffering since the pandemic and mental health awareness is important now more than ever before. 

“Nature not only teaches but heals and is this year’s theme for mental health awareness week; when we spend time in natural surroundings our entire perspective can change. 

“The changing seasons are based on my personal journey of the loss of my cherished mother and grandfather. I have been increasingly drawn to nature walks to escape the intense pain and suffering of grief. Through my journey I have developed an incredible appreciation of the natural world as my sanctuary.

“Each art piece has been upcycled using glass bottles, egg boxes, fruit nets, confectionery wrappers, tree branches, conifers and embellished using dry air clay and acrylic paints. The process of working with recycled materials and seeing the visible transformation is itself a metaphor for change in the healing process of anxiety as there is hope and possibility in the process of upcycling, nothing is beyond saving.”

Visit www.doncasterartfair.com to view and vote for Hayley’s entry.

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