The art hub is special to It’s Ok To Say, it’s where we feature our art and artists!
The various art is bespoke and created especially for It’s Ok To Say as a creative expression of mental health and well-being by teaming up with organisations, groups and individual artists.
As a documented expression of a sentient for anyone to view, hear or experience, the forms are often therapy within themselves, such as paintings, sculptures, photography, prose, fashion, jewellery, and object creation, to name a few.
We host art exhibitions to showcase artists work and emphasise our important messages.
We absolutely love seeing what is inspired by our work and projects. We also feature our artists here, so you can find out a bit more about them too.
We welcome submissions, you can submit your work or intention of in the form below.
Our feature artist is Amber Edinburgh…
My name is Amber Edinburgh and I am studying HNC/HND in Art and design at Oaklands College, St Albans.
1) I have loved being involved with all the mental health projects with It’s OK To Say because…
For someone who has autism and suffers with high anxiety, PTSD and depression it took me a LONG time to get to where I am today mentally so by being involved and having a voice within these project’s is a massive achievement, mental health projects like these are very important mainly because they spread the conversation and awareness about peoples everyday struggles with mental health. Also if it helps someone getting the right help that they need no matter how big or small then I am willing to be a part of it, I have gained a lot of experience being apart of this project such as my art skills and client management which will become an important aspect for me within the future.
2) I love art because…
Art gives me a visual freedom of speech, I sometimes struggle to say things in words or sentences so instead I draw it, I paint it whether that form of speech is within my character designs or my environment designs, each of my artwork comes with a freedom of speech, emotion, and most of all inspiration.
Art has given me a visual voice.
3) When I think of interpreting mental health through my art, I think of and am guided by…
I am mostly guided by people who interpret mental health through their artwork, such as artists like Van gogh, and yayoi Kusama, I also look at concept artists and comic artists who use their emotions to create characters and enviroments such as Disney(inside out) and shirow masamune (ghost in the shell comics) and marvel.
4) What does mental health mean to you?
To be honest I’m still figuring this out and have been for the last 3 years, I don’t know what mental health means to me just yet but I feel like I am very close to finding out.
“It’s OK To Say would like to take this opportunity to thank Amber for her dedication to this project. It has been an honour to work with such a dedicated and inspiring lady. You will find her work throughout the website, you might spot where she has beautifully captured little pockets of St Albans dear to us both. Amber has a very bright future ahead of her and I know she is working on a very big and beautiful masterpiece for our VIP Art exhibition that was to be held in May for mental health month at the St Albans Museum + Gallery to be rescheduled following COVID-19 lockdown.”