Positive Mental Health

Happy Mandays Photography Group

  • Artist(s):
    Lead artist Tony Jones and additional photographers to support the project
  • Artform(s):
  • Commissioner(s):
    Mental Health Social Services, Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPN) and Brighter Futures (Special Needs Housing Association)
  • Funder(s):
    Combined Healthcare and Brighter Futures in partnership
  • Venue(s):
    The Observatory, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Duration:
    The group has met on a regular ongoing basis once a week for two and half years
  • Health Need(s):
    Men enduring mental health problems
Photography group for men with mental health problems, developing confidence and skills resulting in success in photography exhibitions, competitions and selling work.

Project Information

Photography group for men with mental health problems. The project developed participants' confidence and skills resulting in them negotiating their own exhibitions and having success in competitions and selling their work.

The photography group is one of several activities facilitated by Mandays. The men are either referred to the project or self-referred. The group have worked with Tony and a variety of other photographers and related professionals to develop skills in and around photography. As part of this, the group have visited various photography exhibitions at different venues, including The Lowry in Manchester, the National Media Museum in Bradford, The Museum of Science and Technology, and Chatsworth House. They regularly go on trips locally to places of interest to take photos.

The group have developed skills in digital photography and had training sessions on various digital techniques. A core group have become very proficient, which is evidenced in the group being involved in the decision-making. More recently they approached the Photography Collective in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent and secured an exhibition.

The project was commissioned by Mental Health Social Services, the Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPN) and Brighter Futures (Special Needs Housing Association). It came out of an initiative that recognised the need to provide activities targeted at men with enduring mental health problems. The organisations contacted Tony and after various meetings and a launch, the group was set up in May 2007.

For more info contact: Tony Jones toneblueshawk@googlemail.com