The Open Shutters Project (OSP) celebrates the achievements of people who have lived with mental health problems but have gone on to high achievements in their chosen field.

Campaigns that seek to remove the stigma of mental illness are great, and I fully support them, but OSP wants to go beyond that, and recognise that many people feel that their mental illness has actually been turned to their advantage, and led them down new career paths, or given them new or deeper insights.

OSP was originally exhibited at Gallery Oldham, but is available to any venue wishing to display it. It consists of 31 framed lifesize portraits – including my own self-portrait – plus accompanying video and written testimonies. The full set of stories is available at