Drawing as a Tool for Recovery: a talk by Liz Atkin
A talk by artist and mental health advocate, Liz Atkin, about her personal experience re-imagining compulsive skin-picking through art. Part of the Mental Health for Artists collection from axis
About this event
In this FREE talk, artist and mental health advocate, Liz Atkin, describes her personal journey using art-making to help manage her compulsive skin-picking condition—and leads a few optional drawing exercises. Open to all!
Liz Atkin is an artist and educator. She reimagines her Compulsive Skin Picking and anxiety into drawings, photographs and performances. Liz is a mental health advocate and raises awareness for the disorder around the world. She has exhibited and taught in the UK, Europe, Australia, USA, Singapore and Japan. Her artwork and an archive of her advocacy for skin picking is held by the Wellcome Collection.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, she gave away more than 18,000 free #CompulsiveCharcoal newspaper drawings to commuters on public transport in London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Cologne and more. She is an ambassador for The Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival, focusing on the role of creativity for health and wellbeing. Liz received the Unstoppable Spirit Award for Advocacy at the TLC Global Conference for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorders in San Francisco in 2018, and was a finalist in the Janey Antoniou Award with Rethink Mental Illness in 2018. Her work has featured on TEDx, BBC News, Woman’s Hour, Women’s Health USA, Huffington Post and more.
You can find out more about Liz here: https://www.lizatkin.com
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