Friday 1 June:
Word2018 begins with the launch of Living Lyrics – an exhibition of portraits of Key Changes artists by renowned filmmaker and photographer Sam Strickland. These striking black and white photographs and videos powerfully and sensitively capture the unique, diverse community of musicians, songwriters, singers and rappers who attend the Islington based music and mental health charity. Through embedding himself in the charity’s ongoing programme of studio sessions, workshops, concerts and events, Strickland has formed a deep and trusting bond with his subjects. The respectful and insightful approach is reflected in this intimate and intense collection of images accompanied by extracts from the artists’ lyrics which express their individual journeys of mental health recovery.