Liverpool-based artist Jay Wheeler, who champions mental health issues using the power and impact of his unique artwork, has won a Merseyside Recovery Award.
Jay received his Creative Recovery category award at a ceremony held at The Brink Café, Liverpool, organised by Action on Addiction.
The former soldier developed his unique ‘LOVE’ Art themed images after attending therapeutic art activity sessions at the Broadoak Unit. He has since organised many public exhibitions, community art workshops, festival art and street art installations, as well as contributing to Mersey Care’s World Mental Health art exhibition at the World Museum last year.
Jay, who has been featured by Mersey Care in previous editions of our MC Magazines, was at Blackthorn Festival near Stockport last weekend where he was helping raise money for mental health charities by selling his art, T-shirts and mugs.
He said: “I won the Merseyside Recovery Award because the public voted for me and recognised that I am using ‘Love Art’ not only as therapy but it is part of my recovery.
“The award means the world to me because I was voted for by the same people that follow my story and I didn’t think that I had a chance of winning because my self-confidence is not at its best. I still can’t believe that I won the Creative Recovery award but am eternally grateful.”
Jay is pictured with his award (Photo by Gareth Roberts).