Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD dominated artist Leigh de Vries's life for more than 25 years. It remained hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation.

Exploring her condition through Art, her latest socially engaged art experience – breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand BDD through the lens of the sufferer.

Featuring a series of exhibitions, innovative community engagement strategies and education opportunities, and a diverse series of programs and events, the project reaches beyond the gallery walls to examine creativity’s role in mental health, resiliency, and compassion.

project highlights:

• Reached Audience (broadcast, online, in writing) is currently up to +/- 11,092,741

• Publications include Dazed & Confused Online, Vice Online, The Daily Mail Online, The Metro Online, The Sun Online,,, BBC Radio Sheffield and the official website

• The youth engagement campaign involved 7 separate groups of 110 young people with over 80 hours of engagement.

• Keynote speaker at “How to use the Arts to Engage Young People with Museums” for West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD), Case study and Keynote speaker at “The Cultural Prescription – How can the arts support Health and Wellbeing” for Museum Development Trust, York.

• ’Exposure' the short film by Leigh de Vries was featured at the 1st BDD Foundation conference in London.

• The story has been translated and broadcast by news websites in France, Portugal, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Unites States, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldovia, Canada, Finland, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Chile, Ireland and counting...