Alright Mate? is an award winning collaboration between Exeter-based playwright and mental health specialist Cally Hayes, and I. Together we explore mental health through combined art forms.
Our first (and currently only) piece of work, also named Alright Mate? is an audio-visual installation that explores male mental health through presenting conversations with and photographs of participating members of the public. For three days, we recorded chats with Exeter residents about their ideas and experiences around male mental health, and then working with wet-plate photographer Stephen Raff, produced a series of unique portraits of the participants. The exhibition consists of three headphones playing interweaved excerpts of these conversations, and a display of the portraits.
With suicide being the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK, we wanted to create a piece of work that shared and encouraged conversations where men can talk about their feelings, and felt it was important to present it in an informal, everyday space like a barbershop, where it is highly accessible, as well as working in partnership with local independent business.
Kaleider – Mikrofest: 15-16 March 2019
Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health: 13 Sep – 14 Oct 2018
PsychArt Conference 2018: Nov 23 2018 (First Prize for Art)
If you are interested in bringing Alright Mate? to your venue, you can download a tour pack here.