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Visit lauramohapi.com for a film presentation of the project. Click on the image for A Quiet Blue Wall. Most suicides, globally, occur spring-summer. In these months an Open Call for monochrome portraits will take place on Instagram along with local awareness of the project with a general aim of suicide awareness. A number of portraits from the open call and poetry will be exhibited in transformed shops and walls from World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. Sunderland recorded high suicide rates in November, which is also Male health awareness month. Throughout October engagement will be with the local community to encourage males to include themselves in the project, be it by having their monochrome portrait painted by a loved one or, ideally, painting their own self-portrait ahead of a further exhibition for the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Exhibition. Community assembled frames have been specially designed to incorporate levels of engagement and inclusion.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Sunderland has one of the warmest, kindest hearts of any city yet it had a 50% increase of suicide 2021. The high suicide rates of the North East deserve addressing with an acknowledgment of the private nature of suicidal ideation. With the established suicide helplines available but still high numbers of suicides this project aims to incorporate the individuals whose needs aren't being met, which is sometimes just a quiet, strong show of support, a public acknowledgement and empathy towards the struggles we face. A reminder that our individuality is precious, just like an oil painting, and we're enough. This is a research-led project aimed to run until 2030, based each year in the highest recorded suicide area of the UK. Portraits from this year will be asked to be donated to the location of the following year, contributing towards destigmatisation and acting as a show of solidarity with the subject of emotional and mental health. The project also highlights inspiring Changemakers.
Steps to get it done:
The objective of the project is to create behavioural change within society on the whole with a raised awareness of the seriousness of emotional and mental health. Additional research will look into the underlying causes. The project aims to interrupt suicidal ideation and allow for being a part of and contributing towards positive social change in a non-obtrusive way for those at high risk. It also aims to stimulate an interest in a skill set that improves over a length of time with a purpose for doing so. And it offers a local and online community. The project is scaled down in its first year, expanding the following years. An additional Arts Council application is also being made. Funds raised above the target, and the Arts Council funds allow for materials of those in financial hardship and workshops run by local artists in portraiture. Materials for non-digital and socially isolated participants will be made available. The application also includes the use of Augmented Reality.
About the space
Highest recorded suicides from recent data
Sunderland City Council
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