This mural on a wall of the subway at Stockport station is described nearby as Stockport Artwork created by Arc service users:
"A life-changing place"
Arc is Stockport's specialist arts and health charitable organisation.
We work from our Challenge Centre in Reddish - art Studios and gallery - with individuals who face often severe and multiple disadvantages linked to mental ill-health. We use the arts to help them to transform their lives.
We run a Community Programme including an outreach agency and a graphic design service - engaging people creatively at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital, Children's Centres and in the wider community via bespoke art groups, events, market stalls and festivals.
The artwork on display here has been designed as part of Arc's 'Arc:Light' programme, in which vulnerable adults recovering from mental distress are given opportunities to develop skills and confidence through a creative process. In this instance they have learnt digital graphic design skills and produced work that represents key icons and themes around Stockport town centre.
We hope that this installation encourages dialogue around mental health issues and the impact of mental ill-health on our lives.
This installation is a joint partnership between Arc, Virgin Trains and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.
A contribution to Monday Murals.