Anxiety and the Artist, an exhibition by award-winning fashion designer, Chloe Dougan
Fashion designer and textile artist, Chloe Dougan’s exhibition entitled, Anxiety and the Artist, will open at the Duncairn Centre in North Belfast this Thursday 12 April, supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
The exhibition shines a light on mental health and the personal relationship with being an artist; the challenges and opportunities that happen along the way, and the struggle worry and stress that is often faced by artists working in the sector. Through the medium of leather, mixed media and embroidery, Chloe Dougan explores the various mental health issues she has faced in her life as an artist.
The exhibition is very timely following recently released findings by Ulster University which found that people working in Northern Ireland's creative industries are three times more likely to experience mental health problems, with anxiety and depression being the most common disorders.
Talking about the exhibition Chloe said, “This project explores my own experience of vulnerability when creating art. I take my influence for the exhibition from Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver. The Japanese believe the repair of the object gives it a new lease of life, and the piece should be displayed with pride, even more beautiful now it has been repaired. I’m very grateful to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their support.”
The project is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s SIAP programme (Support for the Individual Artist Programme).
Deirdre Robb, Arts Development Officer, added, “SIAP funding aims to enable emerging artists to take that all important, vital next step in their professional careers. We are delighted to support the talented artist Chloe Dougan with this exhibition which will help to stimulate dialogue around and raise awareness of the difficult mental health challenges that artists can sometimes face. Congratulations to Chloe.”
Anxiety and the Artist is now open to the public and continues until 26th April. Visit www.theduncairn.com for more information.