Axis Live: April 2022

Mental Health for Artists

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Axis is delighted to announce two new events for April, as part of our ‘Mental Health for Artists’ strand— with artist and mental health advocate, Liz Atkin.

We received such a positive response to our first ‘Mental Health for Artists’ events back in January that we decided to make it a longer-term feature of the Axis calendar, to mark our continued commitment to artist wellbeing.

Next month, we’re excited to be working with artist and mental health ambassador, Liz Atkin to offer a FREE evening talk and a hands-on charcoal drawing workshop. For a fee of £5, you will attend a one-hour, online workshop with Liz—who will be sharing some of her methods and techniques—and you will also receive a package by post in advance containing all of the materials you will need (except paper). Numbers for the workshop are VERY limited, and although we may open up any remaining places to non-members (for a higher price of £10 per person) we wanted to give you the opportunity to sign up first.

To book your place now, please visit:

It would be great to see you there!

About Liz

Liz Atkin is an artist and educator. She reimagines her Compulsive Skin Picking and anxiety into drawings, photographs and performances. Liz is a mental health advocate and raises awareness for the disorder around the world. She has exhibited and taught in the UK, Europe, Australia, USA, Singapore and Japan. Her artwork and an archive of her advocacy for skin picking is held by the Wellcome Collection.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, she gave away more than 18,000 free #CompulsiveCharcoal newspaper drawings to commuters on public transport in London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Cologne and more. She is an ambassador for The Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival, focusing on the role of creativity for health and wellbeing. Liz received the Unstoppable Spirit Award for Advocacy at the TLC Global Conference for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorders in San Francisco in 2018, and was a finalist in the Janey Antoniou Award with Rethink Mental Illness in 2018. Her work has featured on TEDx, BBC News, Woman’s Hour, Women’s Health USA, Huffington Post and more.

You can find out more about Liz here: