The SURF exhibition at The Wharf, Tavistock, Heather Smith takes a look at the group’s second show

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Brilliant sunsets, Dartmoor ponies, and fields of vibrant daffodils all feature in the second photographic art exhibition by SURF, (Service User Recovery Forum) at the Tavistock Wharf until Friday, October 30.

Formed two years ago, SURF aims not only to raise awareness and tackle the sigma of mental illness, but also to give people with mental ill health a chance to attend projects and activities in an environment they feel safe in.

The exhibition showcases the work of five group members including three young carers.

Particularly eye-catching is a close-up of a bee covered in bright yellow pollen, (named aptly Pollen Count) and the striking Lilac Dream triptych highlighting the vivid contrast of purple crocus petals and orange stamens.

More abstract images also feature in the exhibition including a close up of the ends of cut straw in Hollow and hazy blue and white shapes created from the sea, clouds and mountains in Tranquility. There’s humour in the photograph of a desolate country lane entitled Maureen’s Got Us Lost Again!! but poignancy too in Got The Message, which features an abandoned glass bottle in a rock pool, offering the viewer many different narratives.

All artworks, which are printed on canvas, are available for purchase.

Heather Smith

After years in denial, Heather Smith has finally conceded that she is a writer, willing to exchange the products of many hours of blood, sweat and crossing-out for the chance of being published.In addition to PRSD and Art+Culture she has written for Art Cornwall, iwalkdevon and Behind the Spin. She also blogged about her life as a mature student on Later Study. In her spare time she enjoys watching her bantams think up new ways of destroying her veg patch, camera-less photography and making jewellery with found objects. Her ambition is to become a mad old woman and own an alpaca called Gerald.