Saturday, 6 February 2010

Independent Arts and Minds

A good friend of mine called Jim introduced me to this group, and i love the fact that through arts and crafts people are being helped .

so please take a moment and have a wee look :



About Independent Arts and Minds

Welcoming photos and thoughts from all...

Please take the time to leave comments, exchange ideas and thoughts... make some friends and enjoy all the work produced both from the I A M group and members here on Flickr.

Huge thanks to all of you in the Flickr community for your words and actions of support for the group... it means the world to everyone at IAM.

Great thanks to my friend and all round camera genius Mark at the great Norfolk Camera Center for agreeing to process and print all the IAM shots for the coming project for free... without this generous help the project would not be happening at all!

Independent Arts and Mind is a non funded and voluntary organization that is currently running weekly creative sessions for adults living in Dereham, suffering from stress, anxiety and/or depression.

Some of the work produced will be showcased in public exhibitions, performances and screenings, providing an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues in the community, break down stigma, and promote the role of creativity in helping people to recover from mental ill health and stay well.

The project also aims to collaborate with other community groups in both making and exhibiting work, thus reducing the isolation people suffering from mental ill health are known to experience.
Independent Arts and Minds has invite and comment codes for use on flickr:

comment code looks like this:

this excellent work was seen at:

independent arts and minds group.

to add the comment graphic to a piece of work on flickr, just copy the code between the lines, and then post it into the comment box of the flickr picture:


this excellent work was seen at:>>>independent arts and minds group.

the invite code looks like this:

please add to the independent arts and minds group.

once again, to invite a flickr picture to Independent Arts and Minds, just copy the code between the lines below and post into the comment box of the picture you want to invite:

please add to the>independent arts and minds group.

Additional Information

This group is public This is a public group.
  • Accepted media types:
    • Photos
    • Video
  • Accepted content types:
    • Photos / Videos
    • Screenshots / Screencasts
    • Illustration/Art / Animation/CGI
  • Accepted safety levels:
    • Safe
    • Moderate
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Hoping to build a happy, supportive community here on the IAM group page... if you have just joined... welcome!

Independent Arts and Mind is a voluntary Arts Group based in Norfolk England and runs free drop in sessions for public members and through the group members and a network of local artists create a safe environment to create art, talk and be heard.

Feel free to share your work here and to comment upon members postings... communication is the key here and all the members of IAM truly value feedback on their work!

Start the discussions you want, invite friends and have a great time!

All the very best from all at IAM : )
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