Last showing of Poetry & Photography Exhibition 'Living with PTSD' (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

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Living with PTSD is an exhibition that uses poetry to express how it feels to live with PTSD while using photography as a temporary escape from the chains of the condition.



By the time this last showing finishes, this project will have been on the road for almost a year.

These exhibitions have been made possible through funding support from Arts Council England and the National Lottery. My thanks to them.

A big thank you goes out to GrangePrint for producing the exhibition prints and banners; to Ian Robinson Design for the poetry boards and print titles; to Embrace Arts, George Thornton Art, Wash Arts, ArtCore, CAFE, rEVIVE, Snibston Discovery Museum and the The Indian Community Centre Association for the use of their venues.

A special 'thank you' to the people that have been involved in installing, invigilating and taking down the exhibitions. I couldn't have done it without your help.

I would also like to thank those of you that have supported the project by either visiting the shows and/or helping to publicise the exhibitions.

The launch of the last showing of 'Living with PTSD' will take place on Exhibition launch is on Friday 15th August - 11am-4:30pm.

The Exhibition then shows from 18 August - 15 October 2014.
Viewing times Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm.

Venue: The Indian Community Centre Association,
99 Hucknall Road, Carrington, Nottingham NG5 1QZ
(NG5 1FA for sat navs)
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Please share the Facebook event page with everyone you know and help to make this an event to remember as it coincides with India's day of independence.

I have been assured that there will be some gooood, tasty, Indian food available on the day. If it's anything like the food Art Core prepared for their opening day - you're in for a real treat.

Purpose of the exhibition
When it came to ticking the boxes in a political sense, this exhibition touched all bases with regards to the criteria at the time.

Yes, it's a Veteran's exhibition. No, it doesn't glorify war.

Yes, it promotes creativity as a coping mechanism for disability.

Yes, it explores racism ... but from both sides of the coin.

Yes, it explores PTSD and sheds light on the stigma people with mental health conditions can face.

It also touches on multiculturalism, religious tolerance and acceptance of our differences, as well as registering the difficulties of growing up between cultures in this country and the problems that such people face because of a difference in ethnicity and the associated social structures therein.

It's an exhibition that's been received well by the Veteran's community that live with PTSD who can relate to the message but it hasn't had the promised support from most of the various Armed Forces agencies that look after Veterans issues.

Racism in uniform hasn't disappeared. PTSD in uniform still creates stigma.

The overall message can be summed up in the following poem:

War is theft

Theft of innocence
Theft of dignity
Theft of fathers
Theft of mothers
Theft of daughters
Theft of sons
Theft of love
Theft of laughter
Theft of nature
Theft of land
Theft of food
Theft of oil
Theft of gas
Theft of truth
Theft of honour
Theft of life
War is theft

©Copyright Villayat Sunkmanitu 2014
From The Way of the Wolf - Poetry of a Veteran.

When looking at recent and current conflicts around the globe, particularly Gaza, I can't help but feel that war is a contrived act perpetrated by the few in power to solidify their hold on material resources and/or to facilitate expenditure in certain markets (eg Arms and Medicine).

Harry Patch, the last known veteran survivor of World War 1 was quoted to have said, "I felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder."

I agree.

If we want to maintain a lasting peace, we have to control our politicians - after all, they are our elected servants and must voice the opinions of the electorate ... and they must act as directed by their electorate or they aren't carrying out their duties.

For me, honouring and remembering those people, military and civilians, killed in World War 1 and 2, on all sides, means ensuring that we don't have a World War 3.

As a species, we need to evolve beyond the need for wars.


PTSD isn't just a war related condition
Many people are under the impression that PTSD only affects Veterans and is related to war. They don’t understand that anyone can contract PTSD – whether it be from surviving child abuse, sexual abuse, a Road Traffic Accident , a natural disaster or any other incident where either your life was in danger or where you witnessed something happening to another person.

You can download a leaflet that tells you more by clicking here and find out a little more about the condition. www.lwptsd.com was set up specifically to provide resources for people suffering with PTSD and related conditions.

For this specific exhibition, a leaflet detailing support resources in Nottingham was created. You can download it here.

Some Comments from Visitors
13/11/13 - Tony D, Midlands, wrote 'Hey Wolf, I'm at the gallery now and I'm blown away! By far the most impressive exhibit I've seen here. The art and the message are so powerful. My partner suffers from PTSD I will be sure to bring her along to see it. Well done and keep up the good work!'

29/11/2013 - Cllr M Kamal, Lord Mayor of Leicester, wrote, 'Very impressed. Soul stirring.'

03/04/2014 - Cllr Fareed Hussain, Mayor of Derby, wrote, 'This exhibition raises some deep issues related to PTSD.'

03/04/2014 - CV Jones, Derby Telegraph, wrote, 'Truly enlightening, truly honest.'

18/04/2014 - Amanda E, Ilkeston, wrote, 'It's a lovely exhibition. Great photography. Interesting how it relays on canvas. Really amazing images and the effects are superb.'

20/05/2014 - Cllr Kewal Singh, Mayor of Erewash, Ilkeston & IWP, wrote, 'Found the exhibition to be very informative and thought provoking. In my opinion this should be shown UK wide!'

25/07/2014 - Savita V, Coalville, wrote, 'Absolutely stunning work, very moving poetry, especially 'Veteran'. Congratulations on your fabulous work.'

You can see all the comments here.

Book and Card Sale
Words of a Wolf is currently selling at £8.99 in the book stores. The first edition was priced at £6.99 and will be available for £3.00 for the duration of the exhibition.

For the opening day there will also some cards of Wolf images available for £2 each as well as other poetry titles I have written, as well as copies of 'Living with PTSD'. You can see a list of my written works here.

Exhibits Sale
All of the prints at the exhibition are available for purchase. If you would like to purchase one, please fill in a card on the leaflet table and drop it into the black box or buy one online from this page. If you would like to purchase one of the actual prints used at the exhibition, please contact me direct or leave a card in the box with your contact details.

Information Leaflets
There will be a range of free information leaflets available on the day on PTSD, Veterans issues, Intellectual Property rights and supporting Wolves in the wild.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter
This video clip describes why this is the last showing and gives you an idea of what to expect.

I hope that you will forward this email to everyone that you know and that you'll come and lend your support to this exhibition ... but most of all ... I hope that as citizens of the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, we will all speak up about the futility of war, and do something to help people suffering with PTSD, whether they be veterans or civilians.

Wishing you a peaceful and happy life,

Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu
Living with PTSD has had approximately 7,684 visitors since the first showing in Leicester which started on 5 November 2013. It will be interesting to see what interest it generates in Nottingham.

The above title, 'Living with PTSD - Journey of a Veteran' is an accompaniment to the exhibition and contains all of the images and poems used in the show. It's available from all good books anywhere in the world (just about!).

The ISBN number is: 978-0956488541. The title is also available on Amazon Kindle - ASIN: B00G967VN8.

Some of the images are from my 'Stock Image' library, others are Limited Edition Prints and they're all viewable on www.wolf-photography.com.

If you would like to purchase a print from the exhibition, please click here.

Wolf Photography is a 'Not For Profit' company raises awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), educates on Intellectual Property issues and promote creative arts as a coping mechanism for disability.

The project is financed through the selling of photographic prints and books. For a complete list of my available books, please click here.
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Intimacy with Plants contains15 images that are a part of my developmental work in photography which was funded by Arts Council England. 203 people have viewed that exhibition so far which doesn't include numbers from when it was mounted in a shop window and viewed by passing public in Ilkeston.

There will be a book to accompany this exhibition as well. I hope to complete it before the end of the year. The emphasis on the title is the creation of an eco-friendly environment in your own garden for the purposes of photography. There are times when living with a mental health problem can make it very difficult for someone to leave their home. Using the guidance in this book can enable you to create a chill zone in your back yard ... and produce some beautiful photography.



This exhibition will continue in conjunction with talks and presentations about PTSD.

If you would like to book a showing together with a viewing of Intimacy with Plants please contact me using the details below:

Email: wolf (at) wolf-photography.com
You can leave a Facebook message on: https://www.facebook.com/Wolf.Photographer

The presentations and workshops are available free to groups, clubs and hospices and this work will continue for as long as I can manage it.

The following presentations and workshops are available free to groups, clubs and hospices. You will have to cover reasonable expenses (travel, food and accommodation if appropriate):

Presentations

  • Slideshow with discussion around some of the places and subjects that I've photographed. (2 hours)
  • Equipment and preparation for Wildlife Photography. (1.5 hours)
  • Equipment and preparation for Travel Photography. (1.5 hours)
  • Self Publishing paper and eBooks. (1.5 hours)

Workshops

  • For Veterans and people related to or in relationships with Veterans to explore the issues from both their perspectives in an open forum. (2 hours)
  • For artists/photographers to learn how to promote their images on the internet without falling prey to people/companies that don’t respect their Intellectual Property rights. (2 hours)
  • For trainee or practising counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs and support/customer services staff. Covering issues such as setting up a ‘Veteran friendly’ interview environment and how to deal with Veterans displaying verbal or physical aggression. (1.5 hours)
  • For the General public who want to know more about the condition and how it affects people. (1.5 hours)
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