‘Art is the best medicine’, an exhibition of artworks by comedians

Art is the Best Medicine is a unique chance for members of the public to see and buy
artworks by the UK’s top comedians, whilst raising money for Mental Health UK. The
exhibition will take place from 13th – 20th December 2019 at contemporary London gallery, Fiumano Clase.


Confirmed artists include: Vic Reeves, Josie Long, Jack Whitehall, Lolly Adefope, Joe Lycett, Harry Hill, Jenny Éclair, Tim Key, Jessica Hynes, Pierre Novellie, Rose Matafeo, Spencer Jones, Annie McGrath, Dane Baptiste, Elf Lyons, Al Green, Bec Hill, Mawaan Rizwan, Katy Wix and more…

Artworks range from drawings, paintings and sculpture to embroidery, ceramics, photography, and poetry. The exhibition was conceived by comedian and artist Annie McGrath.

Art is an antidote to stand-up; there is something refreshing about the splendid isolation of painting. Creativity is a double-edged sword which can exacerbate feelings of anxiety at the same time as being incredibly therapeutic.

– Annie McGrath

Research over the last few years has shown links between comedy and mental illness. Many comedians experience anxiety or depression, and often the unstable lifestyle associated with performing comedy has a negative effect on mental health.

Gallery Directors Francesca Fiumano and Andrés Clase are delighted to host Art is the Best Medicine: “We hope to raise lots of money for Mental Health UK, a brilliant charity doing excellent work, especially around Christmas, which can be a particularly difficult time for people suffering from mental health problems.”

Mental Health UK brings together four national mental health charities working across the UK: Rethink Mental Illness, Change Mental Health, Adferiad Recovery, and MindWise. Mental Health UK has 40 years’ experience of working to improve life for people affected by mental illness in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. They work together to raise funds so that more people across the UK can access support for their own mental health and for friends and family members who are affected by mental illness. A third of all sales will go to the charity.

While we’ve made undeniable progress in our understanding of mental illness, the work is by no means done. Too many people still find it too difficult to talk about their own experiences. That’s why events like this are still so important. It shows that no matter who you are, open and honest conversations about our mental health have the power to bring real change to people’s lives. I’d like to thank Annie, and everyone involved, for all of their fundraising efforts, and we look forward to a successful event.

– Brian Dow, Mental Health UK Chief Executive

This exhibition is a celebration of creativity, revealing the talent behind some of the comedy industry’s best-known faces.

Exhibition dates: 13th – 20th December 2019
Ticketed stand-up comedy gig in the exhibition space: 14th December 2019 (6-8pm)
Fiumano Clase
Unit 12
21 Wren Street
London WC1X 0HF

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