Art Lifelines

This artwork is from our social prescribing project for Merton residents.

Freedom Stroll

Tracy Eaton

After what seemed like an eternity stuck in the Covid lockdown, being able to go back to the park made me feel free.

Magdalene

Thomas Etheridge

Watercolours & Gouache

Woods

Rinal Patel

Eye

Rados

Eyes speak more than words. Eyes as intimate conversation of the soul.

Heal

Sukaina Juma

I wanted to use bright colours that would appeal to the eye on first sight and to use patterns to add texture. It was very therapeutic to create this piece, as it has been a while since I have made art work.

Horse

Rados

Family Crest Matters

Consuela Lewinson

Thomas in Chocolate

Rinal Patel

The Fox Muse

Tracy Eaton

Rediscovering pointillism during the first Covid lockdown, I made a new foxy friend who comes to see me in the garden.

Relaxing

Uzi Imran

It was about mandalas, it was an easy start to go into the project. It was so relaxing, it eases your mind. As long as you have all your materials in front you can get started, it can help you forget the world around you. I’d recommend it to anybody.

Fiery

Sukaina Juma

I drew this after a dance movement therapy session which brought up a lot of difficult emotions to process. I began with a mandala design, but then intuitively I drew large strokes and fire to express myself. I felt a huge emotional release after this was complete.

Not As Seems

Shardz

This piece of art is my representation of the saying "behind closed doors". In the part of the image where the door is shut, we can see through it and everything seems normal, but as we open the door, we see the image in its true state. Torn. The hand opening the door represents us, looking in to understand situations that may be overlooked at a first glance.

Uzi

Uzi Imran

Mixed media portrait. The magazine I ended up using was all about food, so that sums me up. It says everything about me. It is important to me, as I need to lose weight, which means that I have anxiety.

Blue

Consuela Lewinson

Blue is a colour I love but a feeling I don't !

Merman

Thomas Etheridge

Watercolours & Gouache

Comfort In Nature

Shardz

Where the world is viewed as a concrete jungle of corruption, we can seek and find comfort in the natural world that still lives on. This was a fun piece to make as it incorporated a political cartoon narrative outside the windows, but counteracts that with the warm colours of the naturistic rug.

In Between

Genevieve Collier

I moved home in between the two groups that made up the Merton pilot project. Towards the end of the 12 weeks, we ran a session on creating an image from found objects and discarded bits. By this time, I had very little left around me. The image is made of objects from my flat and the Thames foreshore nearby, loosely bound by some orange thread. The two halves perhaps indicate having one foot in two different places.

The project was funded by Healthy London Partnership, Arts Council and the Mayor of London as a pilot social prescribing programme, helping improve people’s mental health and wellbeing through creativity.