AN EXHIBITION featuring art created by people recovering from mental health conditions has returned to Bury Art Museum.

The more than 40 artworks have been produced by members of Start in Bury ­— a community support group run by professional artists Jack Wright and Lisa Broadhurst.

The exhibition was officially opened this morning by The Mayor of Bury, Councillor Jane Black, who took the opportunity to appreciate the artworks on displays and learn more about the Start in Bury project.

The exhibition has also taken on extra significance this year, as its launch coincides with World Mental Health Day.

Mr Wright said: "This exhibition is an opportunity to showcase what our members have done in the past year, and it's also about raising awareness that people with mental health issues can do things and should be treated as individuals and artists.

"It's nice and surprising for the members to see their works up on the wall, and it's particularly good because it's World Mental Health Day.

"The artwork is all very individual and very diverse. Our group is not like going to a watercolour class where it's all about technique, so there's a great range in ability and subject matter."

Boasting dozens of members, Start in Bury meets at weekly workshops at the Manchester Road Community Centre, and provides a outlet for the creative expression of its members ­— many of whom are referred to the group by the NHS and Bury Council's adult services team.

However, as a charitable organisation the group does not receive any official funding.

Mr Wright said "Start in Bury works on a number of levels. There's therapeutic value to it, and the great thing about art is that you can set your own agenda. So that's what we encourage.

"It empowering for people to make things and it also provides social interaction."

The exhibition runs until November 3 and is free to enter.