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News: Student depicts mental health through art

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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
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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