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The Art of Recovery

News St Martin – Talking Points

Friday 28 June 2013

Art is therapeutic and plays an important role in helping homeless people address their situation and make positive changes in their lives. 

Lesley, who attends the art room at The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, used to sleep rough and describes how art has transformed her life in a new exhibition of outsider art and photographs in the Crypt at St Martin’s.

Lesley using the art room at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Lesley says: “When I started coming to the art room I was quite disillusioned with life and I seemed to be overwhelmed with negativity. I had very little self -worth, if any at all. 

Since becoming a part of the Connection, mainly the art, mixing with other people in here, I’ve gained a lot of self- worth and feel more like a whole person. I gained a lot of insight into life. 

I learnt not just about the art, but how to deal with life. I feel part of life now, I don’t feel so alone any more, and more fulfilled. People have all got their troubles and concerns, but you feel part of something, you get a sense of belonging. Your mind is somewhere else for a little while. You get some respite.”

The exhibition of art and photography is free of charge and will be on public display in The Crypt at St Martin’s until September.