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40 years of adolescence- celebrating 40 years of Open Door

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40 years of adolescence- celebrating 40 years of Open Door

Time: October 6, 2016 at 10am to October 11, 2016 at 5pm
Location: Ply Gallery Hornsey Town Hall
Street: Broadway
City/Town: Crouch End
Website or Map: http://www.hthartscentre.co.u…
Phone: 02083485947
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: L JONES
Latest Activity: Sep 27, 2016

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Event Description

2016 marks the 40th Birthday of Open Door, a Haringey based charity providing a wide range of free psychological therapies and other support to local 12-25 year olds facing mental health and emotional difficulties in their journey through adolescence to adulthood. Since 1976 thousands of young people have turned to Open Door for help with problems including, depression, anxiety, self-harm, drug and alcohol misuse, eating disorders, psychosis, sexuality and gender identity issues.

Evidence suggests that rates of depression, self-harm and anxiety amongst young people are at unprecedented levels; youth unemployment and the cost of higher education are rising; the internet and social media has opened up a whole new world for young people and fresh territory for intergenerational conflict. But is the lived experience of adolescent development really so very different?


As part of our 40th anniversary and to mark World Mental Health Day, we have created an exhibition with young people using art, video and photography to explore the question – is it harder being adolescent now than it was then?

Over the summer we organised a number of workshops for young people creating film, art and photography reflecting on the experience of being an adolescent in 2016. The young people also filmed interviews with adults who were adolescents in 1976, the year of Open Door’s founding. We collaborated   with young people and organisations from all over North London.

The exhibition will include:

  • A video directed by young film-maker Roman Sheppard Dawson, which includes young people interviewing those who were adolescent in 1976 featuring Grayson Perry.
  • A series of portrait photographs using 35mm film and processed by the young photographers including a group with Autism supported by photographer Sebastian Edge at the North London Darkrooms studio in Tottenham.
  • Art created by young people who have experiences of mental ill health and using services, reflecting on the challenges of being an adolescent with difficult feelings and emotions. These workshops were delivered in partnership with the London Art Therapy Centre.
  • Three paintings by artist Toby Brown including a portrait of Alastair Campbell.
  • Audio interviews and montage displays illustrating the differences in the role of agony aunts and uncles in the media over 40 years.

People visiting the exhibition will also have the opportunity to write a letter to their adolescent self and also share mementos and memories from their own adolescence to create a growing exhibition of personal experience.

For more information contact Lydia Jones: Lydia.Jones@opendooronline.org


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