The next exhibition at the West Pier Centre, Pierspace, runs from 6 July until 25 September, and showcases work by members of Artspace. This volunteer-led arts and mental health charity provides a community-based studio for people with experience of mental health issues to engage with art activities in a stable and supportive environment.The charity was set up by volunteers ten years ago and is based in studio space provided by BELTA, the Bristol Estate Leaseholders & Tenants Association in East Brighton.
“The studios were made available on condition that the users engage with the local community,” Michael Cullum of Artspace, an artist and therapist, said. “We came down to speak about possible involvement as a community group and saw an exhibition in the Centre. We asked if it would be possible to show our work there.
“I suggested to the artists that were with me that the theme could be the immediate location around the West Pier. There will be a mix of work: some abstract images, some more figurative, some relating to beach and sea, and also fantasy.”
“We are delighted to be collaborating with Artspace as part of our commitment to working with local charities and community groups,” West Pier Trust chief executive Rachel Clark said.
West Pier Centre, 103-105 King’s Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN. Open Thursday – Monday 11am – 4.30pm. Free entry.