Project Description

An exhibition on mental health & loneliness in urban living.

Bounce Theatre and students from Chessington Community College collaborated for one year to produce Loneliness in the City, an exhibition for the Saatchi Gallery and the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston.

The work originated from a commission from The Royal Borough of Kingston, looking at young people’s views on urban living.  The group decided to focus on themes of mental health and well being. “Personally, mental health is really important to me, it affects so many people and with some people there is such a old fashioned attitude of mental heath being kept quiet. Thankfully that’s not the case anymore, people don’t judge you for mental health and it is becoming more common for most people to talk about it which is such a great thing.’ Participant

The exhibition featured the thoughts and ideas of a group of Year 10 drama students. Together with artists, they conceived and built a city imagined through the eyes of the lonely. The exhibition was created in response to a period of  devising performance work, which were reinterpreted into a model box and photography. The photography blends visual art with stories of citizen’s loneliness that seep into the walls of a city.

Alongside the exhibit, the students ran workshops for local primary schools. Together they built The Village of Kindness, as a response to thinking about loneliness. Children were asked to think of actions of kindness that could take 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days and would make a different to someone else. Five pieces of art were created that celebrated what happens when we remove the limits of our imagination to build a kinder place to live and thus reduce loneliness.

Made possible thanks to a commission from The Royal Borough of Kingston and additional support from Kingston Boys Club.