Empty Liverpool shop is transformed into an art gallery

Journey of Principles and Pleasure Ugo Eme, Steven Mensah and Alison Jones have work displayed at the exhibition

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Members of a mental health day care centre in Liverpool have transformed an empty shop on Renshaw Street into an exhibition space.

Mary Seacole House uses alternative therapies like aromatherapy and meditation to encourage positive thinking in its members.

The exhibition includes photographs taken by centre members as they have overcome their own mental issues.

The Journey of Principles of Pleasure exhibition runs until 11 March, 2011.

The exhibition is based in the old Rapid Hardware store, which was used as an art space for the Liverpool Biennial in Autumn 2010.

A creative journey

Mary Seacole House works mainly in the Toxteth area of the city and primarily targets people from black and racial minority communities who are living with mental health problems.

The project is run by artist and holistic therapist Kim Ryan who says she wanted to change the mindest of the group from 'I can't' to 'I can'.

"The group begans a creative journey to help change the mind set," she said.

"Many of the group overcame mental obstacles and feelings which they carry with them all day, like 'I can't be bothered', 'I'm not good enough', 'Who cares?'

"There is a fear that you can't be creative, but it is about seeing your own potential. About being brave and getting out there.

"One member couldn't read or write and now goes to college for maths and English.

"We are on this journey together and you can live a more positive, happier and healthier life."

The Journey for Principle of Pleasure is part of the Culture Liverpool, Shops Upfront programme which allows artists to use empty retail units for short term exhibitions, workshops and art events.

For more information visit the Shops upfront website.

The Journey of Principles of Pleasure exhibition is open 11:30 to 17:30 GMT Monday to Saturday until 11 March, 2011.

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