Map It Well was commissioned by Crescent Arts, an arts organisation in Scarborough who have been collaborating with a creative group of people who have lived experience of mental ill-health. The creative group participated in workshops with artist Luke Beech, to which this map and viewfinder were created in response.
The map itself has one side featuring the important sites of Scarborough as determined and remembered by the group, the other grounding exercises to support noticing, reflection and calm in any location. The map will be exhibited at Scarborough Art Gallery in summer 2022. Scroll down for more details from Crescent Arts.
Map It Well is a project created by a creative group, facilitated by artist Luke Beech, Crescent Arts Curator, Martha Cattell, Scarborough Museums Trust Special Projects Curator, Dorcas Taylor and NHS staff. The aim was to work collectively to create a resource rooted in creativity that can aid in improving wellbeing, and offer different ways to interact with a variety of spaces and that may aid in de-escalating stress.
The group met regularly over tea, coffee and biscuits, to share ideas, chat and make work that inspired our map. It was very much a collective project with everyones thoughts, drawings and words feeding into the final design.
A small in-person exhibition was held to celebrate the launch of Map It Well at Scarborough Art Gallery, to give people the opportunity to pick up copies of the map and view finder, add positive points to the map and see examples of work created in the lead up to the end map. Scarborough Zine Library have also curated a series of zines from their collection around wellbeing and mental health, that were available to browse within the space.
You can download copies of the map and see some creative prompts at: www.mapitwell.co.uk