Art Mentoring

“Art Mentoring in Mental Health Units”

Organised by: S.C.A.V.G. “EDRA” with the participation of A.S.F.A. Interconnections Office

Art exhibition by students-artists of Athens School of Fine Arts during their Residency in Mental Health Units of Attica.

Address: Snehta Main Space, I. Drosopoulou 47, Kypseli Opening Day: Monday 10/1/22 at 18:00 Exhibition Duration: 10/1/22 - 14/1/22

Opening Hours: Monday 17:00 - 20:00, Tuesday 16:00 - 20:00, Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00 & Friday 14:00 - 19:00

Participating art students: Despoina Vaksenidi, Chrysa Voudouri, Niki Kleitsinikou, Effie Laskari, Anna Mastromixali, Ellie Memmou, Christina Mplithikioti, Olga Souvermezoglou, Spyridoula Feideropoulou, Theodoros Chiotidis

Participating recipients of mental health services of the Sociophychological Rehabilitation Units of EDRA (Boarding School Ippokratis Ι & Boarding School Ippokratis ΙΙ), της IASIS AMKE (Boarding School of Kato Patisia) και της PEPSAEE (Boarding School «Αθηνά» & the Day Center «...στο κέντρο της πόλης»).

On Monday the 10th of January 2022 at 17:00 in Snehta’s Residency art space marks the opening of the “Art Mentoring in Mental Health Units” project’s exhibition, - a continuation of the successful innovative program “Art Residencies in Mental Health Units” that started in 2016 - under memorandum of agreement between S.C.A.V.G. "EDRA" and A.S.F.A., specifically the A.S.F.A. Interconnections Office.

During the initiative “Art Mentoring in Mental Health Units” that lasted from October until December of 2021, ten (10) art students of A.S.F.A. visited five (5) Mental Health Units (boarding schools, protected apartments and day centers) under the supervision of the therapists of the Units as well as the artist Nikos Kanarelis, and completed short - term Residencies of co-creative art pieces.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the works produced by the participating recipients of mental health services in the corresponding initiative, the personal diaries of the art students and snapshots taken during the Art Residencies in the Mental Health Units.

Summary of the initiative “Art Mentoring in Mental Health Units”

Initially, each artist was responsible for the suggestion of a concept which the team would work on. In that way a collective work would be created in each unit. Secondly, the art student of the Athens School of Fine Arts (that is defined as a “mentor”), through the connection and the collaboration with the recipient of mental health services, would try to get to know them better and work as a communication channel between them and art. The ultimate goal is a substantial connection with art. Once the needs of the participant are recognised and their preferred art movements and techniques are discovered, the “mentor” promotes the corresponding personalised material, that ranges between a variety of art mediums, such as visual art, music, theater, poetry etc. Our goal is that the participant, through the substantial contact with specific artistic incentives, will search for their personal style and then create their own work.

Regarding the physiological support of the art students during the creative process in the Units, supervisions were carried out by the specialised art psychotherapist Aphroditi Padagoutsou. During these supervisions, the art students themselves created additional works through their own healing process.

For more information:

Martina Kontaratou, Cultural Manager, phone: 694 20 56 334, e-mail:

COVID-19. Entrance in the art space is allowed to visitors who comply with all personal health measurements regarding the Covid-19 epidemic.

Entrance in the exhibition is allowed only with the indication of the vaccination certificate. Maximum number of guests (8)