Artist Who Uses The Power Of Drawing To Improve Her Life To Have Work Exhibited

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The work of an artist who uses drawing as self-therapy to help her through past traumas is to be shown in an exhibition opening this Thursday.

“Help Me Find A Way Out” is the first time the artwork of Barbara Brookes has been shown to the public, and will be on display at The Cellar Theatre on Backfields from 8-14 November.

Barbara has been drawing for 20 years, however it was a chance meeting in Foodhall public dining room on Eyre Street that attracted the attention of her work, leading it to be published.

Miriam Schechter, co-founder of The Cellar Theatre and a volunteer at Foodhall said: “I was running a project at Foodhall called the Open Journal, which is a quarterly publication that is open to anyone in the community to contribute to.

“Barbara started drawing some faces in the cafe for the journal and I noticed that they were really great, so I put them in the journal. It was the first time she had her work published which made her very happy.”

Barbara’s output of work increased and Miriam decided to apply for an Arts Council grant to put on an exhibition, which proved successful.

Miriam added: “Her work covers themes of using intricate drawings as mindfulness to take your mind off other things, and also to use drawing solely for pleasure and comfort rather than trying to say anything big using words.

“Barbara, who is also known as BB, draws a lot of faces, landscapes, spirographs and stripes, using self-guided therapy to improve her life.”

On Saturday November 10, people will get the chance to meet the artist in person as she will be present at The Cellar Theatre that day from 10am until 7pm.

The opening night of the exhibition will be from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday November 8. It will feature talks from Isaac Tendler, Director of the Foodhall Project, on the outputs of social eating spaces and how they tackle isolation, Miriam Schechter on addressing the inequality in opportunity to access arts and culture, and BB on why she draws and the subjects of her work.

The exhibition will be open on weekdays from 1pm-7pm and weekends from 10am-7pm. Unfortunately, the Cellar Theatre is currently not wheelchair accessible.

For more information visit the Facebook event page or The Cellar Theatre’s website at

Press release devised by Joey Winson Email: Phone: 07584669410

Contact details for Miriam Schechter. Email: Phone:0114 272 5712