A Darker Christmas

A Twisted Art Exhibition Curated by Jody Medland and Ruth Bateman

C R E A T I V E  E L E M E N T S

Project Overview

A Darker Christmas is an original art exhibition that highlights the many mental health conditions exacerbated by the holiday. Through the work of 18 local artists who are born or based in the South West, we have created an artistic exploration of the hidden horrors that lurk at Christmas, collaborating with many local and national charities to create a safe space for discussion. It is not intended to take the fun out of Christmas, but rather to remind the most fortunate among us that some of our nearest and dearest friends might have cause to suffer. And for those who are in pain, we aim to make it clear they are not alone.

Project Goals

The purpose of this exhibition is twofold:

  1. To raise awareness of mental health conditions that are exacerbated at Christmas, and
  2. To promote the work of local artists, giving them a platform to build their networks

E X H I B I T I O N  D A T E S  &  L O C A T I O N


The exhibition will open to a preview audience on Friday 1 December from 5:30-7:30pm.

The exhibition will then be open to the public from Saturday 2 December – Saturday 16 December, opening from Wednesdays – Saturdays from 12:30-5:30pm.


The exhibition will run at Studio KIND. Unit 3, Velator Way, Braunton, EX33 2FB.

Everybody is welcome, the exhibition is completely free, and there are also special events every Saturday, ranging from panel discussions to carol singing and live theatre.

Please feel free to share this page on your social channels, and if you attend and like the exhibition, please do spread the word.

A R T I S T S  O N  S H O W

Names and Instagram Handles

In alphabetical order, the artists we’ll be displaying at the exhibition are as follows:

Painters & Sculptors

A. Todd / @atodd.art
Andrew Litten / @andrew_litten_artist
Benedict Davies / @bentwistondavies
Celia Lancaster / @celia_lancaster_art
Emma Digerud-White / @emmadigerudwhite
Lisa Stokes / @lisastokes_artist
Louise Bird / @louisebirdartist
Max Whetter / @maxwhetter
Oddasea / @oddasea.artwork
Ruth Bateman / @ruthbatemanartist
Scott Cartwright / @scottcartwrightartist
Sophie Dennett / @sophiedennettart76
Stephanie Lamb / @stephanielambartist
Steve Burden / @theburdenof.art
Target Devon / @targetdevon

Writers & Poets

Demi Boulton
Jody Medland / @jodymedland
Simon Millward
Simon Prideaux


Anna Platten / @anna.platten
Sam Burns

All viewable @studio.kind

Contact Info

Should you have any queries about the event, contact Jody Medland directly on either 07731361264 or jody@penworksmedia.co.uk.

To see all the artwork chosen for the exhibition, download the “Lookbook” below.

Download Exhibition “Lookbook”