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College Art Student Tackles Mental Health Stigma Through His Work

College Art Student Tackles Mental Health Stigma Through His Work

Blackburn College Level 3 Art and Design student Lawrence Silcock is using his art to help bring an end to the stigma surrounding mental health. 

Lawrence (23) goes by his artist alias The Lone Artist – Lawlife Meledictus. He has autism and is portraying his experiences with mental health through impactful, graphic art. 

Lawrence, who lives in Accrington, has also created commission-based art which was inspired by other people sharing their mental health experiences with him. 

Speaking at his art exhibition at Blackburn’s Bureau Arts Centre, he said: “I chose Blackburn College after I moved house and was looking for a place of education to study. I have enjoyed absolutely everything about my course, the people I have met, the tutors, everything! 

“The tutors are great, they have helped me every step of the way and coming to the College has helped me become a better artist. The experience has encouraged me to plan going to University in the future.” 

To see Lawrence’s work simply follow Lawlife Meledictus on Instagram - @the_lone_artist 

The Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design aims to provide a firm foundation in core art and design practice and to encourage personal development and expression. For more information and to apply, please visit 

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23 Mar 2020, 14:08 PM