Borderline Arts' Story



Borderline is a not-for-profit charity based in Derby established in March 2013.




Sarah - founder of the charity - had experienced firsthand a great deal of stigma due to her mental health difficulties. In early 2013 Artcore UK got in touch with Sarah and asked to exhibit some of her work to gain an understanding of different peoples' mental health issues. Sarah discovered that exhibiting images created by mental health service users can raise the public’s awareness of mental health difficulties and therefore reduce associated stigma.


Sarah got friends involved to help set up Borderline Arts and began to establish what and how she wanted to reduce stigma surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The importance of using the arts was core to our activities and Sarah, along with others, began to create and facilitate creative workshops, exhibit art and perform drama pieces - all of which aim to raise awareness and break down stigma surrounding mental health issues - specifically Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).


In April 2015, Borderline Arts moved into an office premises and became a registered charity - it is going from strength to strength. It has been a journey and there have been great highs and lows but with an amazing team Borderline Arts is thriving.

Special thanks to:
Emerciana DeSouza, Zoe Savva, Artcore UK and many, many others!