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Friday 24 June 2022

Brighton Art Gallery Constructs Crazy Golf Course Exhibition To Explore Mental Health Awareness

My Crazy Family Golf is an exhibition by Lisa Watts and Gordon Watts (her dad) which takes place at Fabrica, Brighton from July 16th - 23rd August 2022. 
Credit Mark Cohen

It tells Dad's story of being the primary carer for his wife (Lisa's Mum) for the majority of her adult life. 

Her complex mental illness has had profound effects on all the family and their relationships with each other. 

She has recently entered residential care and this project has grown from Lisa and Dad's mutual desire to build something new that brought them closer.

Lisa Watts said: 

"I have been wanting to collaborate and make something with my Dad since I was a teenager. 

"I hope people enjoy the ups and downs of playing crazy golf and the story behind the making of it." 
Together they have created a series of crazy golf holes, each including audio recordings of the family made during Dad's years of caring. 

The golf course holes also act as playful, colourful, sculptural objects in their own right, incorporating elements such as domestic carpet and household objects.

Visitors to My Crazy Family Golf will be invited to play five holes of crazy golf, with a handmade golf club and score card to complete.  

My Crazy Family Golf is accompanied by a personal film, titled Dad Cares, that documents Dad and daughter as artistic collaborators. 

Dad worked as a builder all his life and this is the first time he has been able to work with Lisa and use his skills within a contemporary art context. 

Liz Whitehead, Director, Fabrica, added: 

"Both fun and poignant, this project inspires visitors to reflect on their own family relationships, the nature of care, and the significance of those personal interactions."

by: Mike Cobley


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