Here are the FAB Care and Creativity Club participants. Many of us found it difficult to look closely at ourselves in this activity and it revealed numerous thoughts and fears. Click on each picture to find out more about the artwork and its creator.
Please hover or click on the images to see a biography of the artist and some info about their piece.
Anne H: I'm married and have 3 children. One who who has additional needs. This year has been a real struggle, as I have found it challenging being at home and parenting a child with extreme behaviours, alongside being a carer for my parents. Finding my love of art and making new friends has been fabulous.
My name is Eileen, I'm 64 and I've recently moved to the area. I have Fibromyalgia and COPD, and I don't drive, which stops me meeting people socially. My self portrait depicts me pre-divorce; grey, depressed, invisible, voiceless. The coloured half is after my divorce; my authentic self resurfacing.
My name is Jaccie. I'm a retired photographer. I have an inquisitive nature with a love of human diversity. My happy place is out in nature. Due to health reasons and the current climate I have not been able to spend much time outside; my response to the situation was to actually do nothing, which in turn was impacting my mental health.
I'm Kizzy, I came from Blackpool but lived abroad for many years. Finally I'm back and adjusting to the old ways again, smack bang in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century. This self portrait is nothing like I intended, and I look terribly sad. Also not intended. But I don't really have the art skills to make my internal vision real.
I'm Debbie, 59 years old. I found it really hard to do, I think it's the fact I've really had to look at myself and I've never had a positive self image. But it has made me think about why we put ourselves down and only look at the negative and not the positive, so this activity has been good for me.
Debbie H - I moved recently and this made me feel isolated. I'm rusty at art, so it has been a good challenge and has helped me greatly. My portrait shows one side calm and ordered, what most people see, the other side shows how some days my head is in bits - too much going on, too much to worry about.
My name is Laura, I'm 21. I'm a carer for my autistic partner, while helping run a family business after being bullied out of a previous job. Art has helped me cope with the current situation and the stresses it has put on my partner and myself. My portrait shows some of the reconstruction to my spine due to a spinal condition.
Hi, I'm Rachel, I live in Blackpool and am a single mum to a severely autistic teenage who has seizures. Lockdown was extremely hard, I carried on feeling as though I was on autopilot. I wanted to go a bit Picasso with my self portrait to show the many faces women have to walk with each day, although our eyes say 'calm'.