25th March: broadcasting live from 8.00pm
In a special collaboration with The 343 and the Take UP Space Gallery, we are broadcasting a series of interviews on the theme of ‘Art as Therapy’ on 25th March at 8.00pm on The 343 Radio.
Our special correspondent, EG Dunne, has been interviewing the artists that have submitted artworks for this unique exhibition which we have published as an online gallery. The exhibition aims to erode the stigma attached to poor mental health and promote a better understanding of mental illness. The public were invited to submit work in any medium depicting issues relating to mental health earlier this year and we were amazed to receive lots more than we could ever have anticipated. A selection of the participants had their work framed for the exhibition by Framewerk Gallery and showcased in the exciting Take Up Space pop up gallery in Connswater Centre, East Belfast. For the radio production, we asked people what they thought of the artworks and how they were coping with the Coronavirus pandemic.
You can listen to the programme at 8.00pm on 25th March at the343.com/radio
The 343 Radio was started as a platform for marginalised voices who would otherwise go unheard. Operating weekly on a Saturday, it has been a fantastic way to describe the work of The 343, and it has now branched out into nightly broadcasts from 8-10pm to lighten the mood for those self-isolating due to Covid-19.
According to EG Dunne, “I’m a former hairdresser coping with mental health issues, as are so many people today. Engaging with the local queer community by helping out at the 343 has become an important part of my life and definitely helps to keep me stable. As a bonus I get my own radio show too and it turns out I really enjoy interviewing people, it’s a fantastic opportunity.”
The 343 venue is an Artist-Focused, Feminist-led, Queer Arts Space in East Belfast. Named for the “Manifeste des 343”, a brave act of civil disobedience by 343 French women who, by declaring they had an abortion, exposed themselves to prosecution. As a charity they provide fully accessible studio and rehearsal spaces for artists and host a vibrant program of exhibitions and events geared towards enriching the local community by giving a platform to Female Identifying, Non Binary and LGBTQIA Artists and marginalised groups.