WorryBoy in Lancashire for Mind!!

June 01, 2019

Every year, Victoria Cank of Happy Black Cat organises the Insight Exhibition on behalf of Lancashire Mind. I feel very honoured that WorryBoy is part of it for the second year!

Apart from looking at beautiful and moving artworks, there are loads of activities going on.

For more information, click the link!

For more information about Lancashire Mind and their brilliant work:

WorryBoy at The Dragon Cafe

May 31, 2019

I'm very excited to announce that WorryBoy will be at Mental Fight Club's The Dragon Cafe, Borough SE1 every Monday, alongside the beautiful artworks of Kathryn Watson's My Illustrated Mind.

You can see our work until the end of the month.

On Monday 3rd of June at 7pm, Kathryn and I will be giving an artist talk, so drop by if you fancy it!

For more information about The Dragon Cafe and the Mental Fight Club's amazing projects to promote mental wellness: see link below!

Let's talk about WorryBoy...

February 26, 2019

Both Kathryn Watson and I had the opportunity to talk about our visual storytelling art based on our experiences with mental health. Thanks to Free Space Project in Kentish Town Health Centre for the opportunity to bring more (mental) health awareness to the world via art.

To me WorryBoy has been quite literally a life saver and to be able to share it with others and keep the mental health conversation going is a privilege! 

The exhibition is still on until 10th April!

In The Mind - Artist Talk

February 25, 2019

Tomorrow, 26th February at 6.30, Kathryn Watson (@myillustratedmind) and I will be giving a talk about our journey through mental health and how it inspired us to create our artworks.

It is free and for more information, just follow the link! Hopefully see you tomorrow! :)

In The Mind Exhibition extended!

February 09, 2019

Thursday 07th February was the private view of the *In The Mind* exhibition at the Free Space Project in Kentish Town, London. It was a great evening with beautiful people!

The exhibition has been extended until 10th April...

So, if you are in the Kentish Town area, drop by to see WorryBoy and the fabulous My Illustrated Mind by Kathryn Watson (link to her work below!)

The exhibition is on the first floor. (click on image for link to the Free Space Project exhibition page)

WorryBoy Exhibition - In The Mind - at the Free Space Project in Kentish Town!

January 22, 2019

In the Mind is an illustration exhibition exploring mental health by artists Elsbeth van der Poel and Kathryn Watson. Through their unique drawing styles each artist has created a fantastical world of monsters, friends, worries and hope based on their own lived experience.

Elsbeth’s comic project Worryboy follows Jonah, a young boy whose inner turmoil begins to physically expand his head with his fears and troubles. Alongside friends Jamila and Dex they discover the eccentric Professor Hakim who discovers Jonah’s thoughts and feelings have turned into actual people living in his head. Now Jonah will have to travel inside his own head to set things straight and face his biggest fears.

Kathryn Watson, a doctor and visual artist recently turned to illustrating her experiences of mental illness in her works My Illustrated Mind. This collection of illustrations describes a parallel world which centres around little Kathryn’s inner vulnerable child. Surrounding her are various monsters each representing a distinct and separate emotional state. Over time, the relationship between little self and each monster changes and evolves, as is simultaneously mirrored in her own life.

Both artists combine their lived experience of depression, anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder to carve out dreamlike realities that both delve into darkness and pull us back into the light through deeply personal works that provoke existential questions around illness, recovery and resilience.

23rd February - WorryBoy @ Festival Fundraiser at Reel Rebels Music Studios

January 17, 2019

Come and listen to an incredible line-up of writers and poets and enjoy an art exhibition at 'The Two of Us' Festival Fundraiser at Reel Rebels Music Studios on the 23rd February - all for only £10 (plus booking fee)! 

St Matthias Primary joins first WorryBoy Program of 2019!

January 09, 2019

Today Year 5 of St Matthias in Stoke Newington started the WorryBoy Program. We are creating comics, based on our own inner emotions and experiences... The sketches are looking very promising! Looking forward what amazing artworks will be created over the next 3 weeks. be continued...

I just finished my first collection book of comic-art.

It is filled with recent work of my 3 main projects.

WorryBoy of course being one of them!

For only £6.50 (excl postage) all 48 pages will be yours!

Superhero time at Free Space!

August 26, 2018

Great afternoon with a bunch of superheroes! What are your skills and talents? How does your superhero use these qualities?

We looked at skills such as art, sport and playing music, but we also looked at qualities such as being a good friend, having compassion for others and making others laugh with our jokes!

Picture courtesy of Free Space

WorryBoy at Free Space in Kentish Town!

August 05, 2018

On Monday 06th August a bunch of kids and their parents joined us for an afternoon of comic-making!

We are all the SUPERHEROES of our own lives...but we also all have a little inner villain sabotages things every now and what does your villain look like?

We looked at the emotions that villains have (jealousy, anger, grumpiness, miserable, sinister, superior, name a few)

...and what daily situation can bring those emotions up? Missing the bus? Failing WiFi? Wrong queue?

We used photography to capture some authentic villain-expressions!

To see the results, just follow the link!

Picture courtesy of Daniel Regan

Year 6 of Jubilee Primary School in Stoke Newington has created some wonderful art: they created their worry people and their inspiring people accompanied with quotes.

16 amazing shops in Church Street N16, have kindly offered their window to display the kids' work.

The work will be up until 15th July, so don't miss it!

For more information click below to go to the Exhibition page!

A day with Year 6 of Bush Hill Park Primary

May 22, 2018

Wonderful day with the Year 6s of Bush Hill Primary School in Enfield, London. We talked about the worries they have going to secondary school and then about what makes them unique and awesome!

Losing friends and the fear of being bullied are high on the list. I remember when I had to leave primary and I felt nervous all summer, for pretty much all the reason the children shared. It is a big step!

Joy Donaldson, Oveta McInnis and Paul Riddell of the Enfield Caribbean Association, together with the Head of Bush Hill Primary and their amazing staff, created a day for children to be inspired to move to the next level in their life. I couldn't help but think how much I would have loved to have experienced that when I was that age!

It might not have taken away all my worries over the summer, but it would have definitely given me a different perspective!

Here's to the new inspiring generation!!

Meet Location Location

May 14, 2018

It is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #LocationLocation in Stoke Newington, N16, has written a beautiful piece about the WorryBoy Program on their website:

...and if you are in Stoke Newington Church Street this week, be sure to check out their beautiful window display announcing Jubilee Primary School's upcoming "Stokey Street Exhibition" in Church Street!

WorryBoy Etsy Shop and Mental Health Awareness Week

May 12, 2018

This week is Mental Health AwarenessWeek and in honour of that 10% of the proceeds in the WorryBoy Etsy shop will go to the Mind charity! The rest will still go to the WorryBoy Program. Come take a look!

If you happen to be in London, in Stoke Newington to be precise, during this week, be sure to walk past Location Location on Church Street! WorryBoy has its own display with a very special announcement!

Watch the Location Location display this Mental Health Awareness Week!!

May 05, 2018

On 14th May 2018, the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, Location Location has very kindly allowed WorryBoy to use their display to announce a very special art exhibition that will be created by the Year 6's of Jubilee Primary School in Stoke Newington!

So come have a stroll down Stoke Newington Church Street in during Mental Health week...and count down with us!

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