Aly lives with bi-polar disorder. Her work draws upon her experiences with mental illness.
Her artistic practice is heavily influenced by her bi-polar diagnosis. She works across a mix of disciplines; predominantly oil paintings and textile sculptures.
"Working with Street Art Initiative means that not only do we get support and encouragement as artists, we get marketing, sales and initial costs covered."
Mick Smith is a partially sighted painter and sculptor working in the North-East of England. His artistic practice is influenced by his industrial heritage, Northumbrian landscapes and coast lines. He works across a mix of disciplines, predominantly oil paintings and cast iron sculptures.
Mick's artistic process is undergoing change due to recent eye problems which have affected his vision and means he cannot do the small, detailed portraits he used to.
Mick had a bonfire accident over lockdown which has now caused him to have scar tissue over both of his eyes. Mick used to teach art to students before his accident and before the pandemic.
His positive attitude and resilience has enabled him to carry on painting, albeit under different circumstances.
Following a suicide attempt in 2018; Les has tried everything possible to stop people ending up where he was, "Sad, Depressed and not wanting to wake up".
He launched "Changing The Game UK '' with the aim of changing the game of life, with one good deed at a time.The charity provide fast track access to a mental health professional for those vulnerable or at risk of sucide. They also produce mental health documentaries and offer professional and financial support to those suffering with mental health related issues.
Les has an injury to his dominant hand and at times, struggles to paint.
He says his art is an emotive way to create curiosity and a simple way to relax.
He is honoured to be working with Street Art Initiative and will donate all profits to Changing The Game UK and their suicide prevention campaign.
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