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Art 4 Wellbeing
Members of two mental health organisations based in South Tyneside were inspired by the portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo on loan to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery from the Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar.
The members researched Diallo’s story, exploring elements such as the imagery associated with his portrait, aspects of his own culture and the importance of the Qur’an around his neck.
This inspired the group to look at different styles of portraiture throughout the ages and then go on to incorporate their own identities within their own pieces of work that you can see in this exhibition.