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News: Stu­dent depicts men­tal health through art

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Student smiling

Jade Bramley has created a photography exhibit at Nottingham College to raise awareness of mental health. The 21-year-old student has experienced anxiety and psychosis herself, and is using the College’s Creative End of Year Shows to help highlight these mental health issues.

Jade has just come to the end of her Lev­el 3 Pho­tog­ra­phy course. Her col­lec­tion of pho­tos is called [Choke].

I’ve tak­en a series of pho­tos explor­ing feel­ings of pan­ic, loss of agency and loss of self-con­trol, though dif­fer­ent depic­tions of suffocation. 

I want to por­tray these expe­ri­ences to peo­ple, so that they can per­haps under­stand how it might feel for some­one going through those things. 

 — Jade Bram­ley

Her course group have been work­ing togeth­er to dis­play a range of excit­ing work. The Pho­tog­ra­phy Show is on until Thurs 20 June. We spoke to Jade just before the show opened.

I am real­ly excit­ed about the exhi­bi­tion. I think a lot of stu­dents have impor­tant things to say, and the show is a great exam­ple of young tal­ent in Nottingham. 

 — Jade
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A snippet of Jade's work.

Jade is pro­gress­ing to a Foun­da­tion Degree in Pho­tog­ra­phy Prac­tice at Not­ting­ham Col­lege in Sep­tem­ber. She said: I think a big rea­son I’m stay­ing on in Sep­tem­ber is that the tutors treat you as a stu­dent and as a human being, as they real­ly take into con­sid­er­a­tion your inter­ests and feelings.

They’ll tai­lor your expe­ri­ence to some­thing you’re specif­i­cal­ly inter­est­ed in, rather than just repeat­ing the syllabus.”

Pho­tog­ra­phy and Cre­ative Media Pro­duc­tion Lec­tur­er Kayne Clarke, said: Jade has always been real­ly open about her men­tal health issues. This is real­ly impor­tant, as it helps oth­er young peo­ple when issues like this are dis­cussed in tutorials. 

When Jade knows she may be hav­ing a down day, she lets us know so we can work with her to sup­port her. She also has her own cop­ing mech­a­nisms in place, and she’s done so well on the course. 

 — Kayne Clarke — Lecturer

The shows cel­e­brate the cre­ative tal­ents of the College’s fur­ther edu­ca­tion and uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el Art, Fash­ion, Media, Pho­tog­ra­phy and Per­form­ing Arts stu­dents, who have been work­ing hard on their final projects over the past few months. 

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  • 19th June 2019 (3:46 PM)
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