CREATIVE education well-being practitioner Hayley Coggins, is to have her exhibition ‘Shine through the Forest of Seasons’ showcased at the Waterstones store in Ormskirk to mark world mental health day on Sunday, October 10.
In June this year Hayley’s art work was shortlisted at Doncaster international exhibition ‘Art as a response to mental health.’
Hayley, who is also founder/creator of the Shine Programme, said: “To now have the opportunity to inspire our local community at Waterstones book store is an absolute privilege.
“I have always been passionate about promoting positive mental health which is at the heart of my creative work with young people through my Shine programme.
“I am so grateful to Waterstones for giving me this amazing platform to inspire local people.
“The changing seasons are based on my personal journey of the loss of my cherished mother and grandfather.
“Through my experiences I have been increasingly drawn to nature walks to escape the intense impact of grief and have developed a profound appreciation of the natural world.
“Nature not only teaches but plays a powerful part in protecting and soothing our minds; my exhibition particularly highlights that there are treasures throughout every season; when we embrace our natural surroundings our entire perspective can change.
“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.”
To read more about Hayley’s story visit Waterstones Ormskirk where her exhibition will be on display for the next two weeks.
Hayley will be hosting a wellbeing raffle to raise funds for the counselling bereavement services, Ormskirk.