Chapel Market Print Club invites people living with mental health difficulties in Islington to collaborate with artist duo Juneau Projects and artist-illustrator and mental health nurse Sarah Lee to create Risograph prints designs, inspired by the sights, sounds and social exchanges of Chapel Market.
Drawing from conversations with market-goers and market traders, walks and ethnographic observations in the area carried out by researcher Emily Ballard in 2021, Chapel Market Print Club has been developed in dialogue with local people. It responds to the impact of the pandemic on those accessing local mental health services in Islington, an area which has the highest reported prevalence of mental illness and depression in the country, and the increased pressure on street market traders resulting from social restrictions over the past two years.
Juneau Projects and Sarah Lee will deliver a series of workshops over six weeks at the Claremont Project, a local arts and community centre which engages older people and offers accessible psychotherapy services. The artists will teach print techniques and guide participants through a creative process. With input from local traders, participants will be supported to develop unique print artworks, drawing on forms of everyday creativity, stories of community life, and a diversity of perspectives and practices that shape day-to-day experience of local place.
Chapel Market Print Club’s artworks will be shared with market visitors on a bespoke stall co-designed by Juneau Projects and workshop participants. Materials, documentation and research relating to the project will be displayed at KELDER.