Thousands raised at 'buzzing' opening of Fine Not Fine exhibition in Bury St Edmunds
Thought-provoking art attracted 150 people to a private viewing and auction in aid of a mental health campaign in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday.
The Fine Not Fine exhibition opened to the public at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Wednesday
The exhibition – which is open until November 9 – features works created and donated by artists, with many pieces inspired by Edvard Munch's The Scream created on the streets of Bury during Fine Not Fine's Big Scream event in July.
The campaign was formed by the friends and family of Barrow teenager Sasha Campbell, who spent a year in mental health units. She has since been raising awareness of young people's mental health issues and hopes to help other youngsters.
She said: "It was so exciting at the private viewing, the atmosphere was buzzing."
Her mother Jordanna said £2,000 had already been raised after about 30 pieces were sold on the preview night, but some art was still available for sale.
"The exhibition itself is beautiful, the quality of the art is incredible," she said. "The evening could not have gone better. I think people were really impressed with what they saw. It definitely surpassed people's expectations."
Funds raised from the event will help to fund a storytelling project during Children's Mental Health Week in February, sensory boxes and workshops.
Last month, Fine Not Fine campaigners met MP Jo Churchill to deliver hundreds of cards filled in by supporters calling for improved mental health funding.
Meanwhile, Sasha and her friend Sofi have delivered their first batch of 'Hope to Heal' sensory boxes – containing items to keep patients distracted during stays – to young inpatients at a Colchester mental health unit.
Sasha said: "There was a patient we knew and she said receiving the box had made her day. That is exactly what we hoped – to give a little bit of joy."
The exhibition at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral Cloisters runs until November 9, open 9am-5pm daily.
The exhibition has been sponsored by Ashtons Legal.
n Fine Not Fine's next event is on New Year's Eve, with Skylarking Ceilidh Band at Barrow Village Hall.
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