Morton Valence soundtrack 'Mask & Muscle' at Core Arts.
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Morton Valence soundtrack 'Mask & Muscle' at Core Arts.

Morton Valence (Robert ”ËœHacker’ Jessett and Anne Gilpin) are playing a benefit show tomorrow for Core Art Hackney mental health charity.

Core Arts warmly invites you to an evening of art and music in London’s east end…

With live music from Morton Valence (and special guests) – ‘urban country’ art-rockers and BBC Radio 2 & 6 favourites come east to soundtrack the art exhibition.

“Moreton Valence are quite possibly the most interesting band on these shores at the moment…”

The Guardian

‘Mask & Muscle’: a contemporary presentation of life drawing and portraiture at Core Arts, with invited guests Alex Daw, Luke Hannam, Alison Helyer and Damien Meade. A host of artists work, made at Core Arts during the course of the last year, is presented alongside four contemporary artists, also working in London’s east end. The alternative approach to the human figure that they engage in, complements Mask and Muscle’s robust approach to these most traditional of fine art disciplines and highlights the alternative strategies to art and mental health that Core Arts pursues.

Running concurrently with this show is ‘Gary Molloy: A View To Locomote’ paintings, drawings and prints reinforce Gary’s strategy towards Bi-Polar disorder.

The goal of the exhibition is …

To beak down the stigma associated with people suffering mental distress; change the negative perception and to proceed into a place of acceptance.

To present Bi-Polar in a different light: Believe In Possibilities Outside Life’s Average Realm

Opening night is 7th September 6-11pm and d the Facebook event page is here.

Venue: Core Arts Gallery 109 Homerton High Street E9 6DL

Quiet art viewing till 8.30 music from 8-11pm


Forging its own path in largely uncharted territory between arts centre, community space and commercial art gallery, Core Arts is first and foremost a creative hub with strong links to the local community. Core Arts is run exclusively by practising artists and musicians, for artists and musicians who have, or have had, severe and enduring mental health issues.

Artwork or performance at Core Arts is not judged or displayed on these terms. Pigeon-holes that categorise into ”Ëœoutsider’ or ”Ëœtherapy’ are strongly avoided. Individuality and creativity are respected and nurtured; artists are encouraged to develop their own strategies. Often, professional artists, musicians and writers share the same wall, stage and page as Core Arts members, without hierarchy. The results are exciting, refreshing and challenge both artistic and mental health preconceptions and clichés.

This show, with a host of exhibitors including many highly respected professionals from all areas of the arts, reinforcing and supporting Core Arts philosophy, is an introduction to the pioneering approach that Core Arts has pursued since its conception some 20 years ago.

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