Staring at the Walls is in its first stages of development to test ideas of how to understand mental health from a learning disability perspective. From lived-experience and inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper, we introduce an exploration of narrative style and writing by Kelly Hoye through fragments of Alex’s story.

We’re looking forward to our a Scratch event at Contact later this month, to share a rehearsed readings and test Kelly’s ideas.

We’re looking for partners to develop the show and bring Kelly Hoye’s writing to life, get in touch with Tom Hogan to register your interest:  

Kelly Hoye has been involved with Proud and Loud Arts since its conception in 2000. She is a Manchester based artist who has performed at Full Circle Arts, Dada Fest, The Lowry, Contact, and Z-Arts.

Kelly began exploring writing in 2016 for Proud and Loud Arts’ Cells – A Body of Work contributing ‘Distorted Judgement’ shown at Manchester Art Gallery (2016); and ‘Distorted Beauty’ (2018) shown at Edge Hill University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Tate Liverpool, and The Whitworth. 

Staring at the Walls showcases some of Kelly’s early stage writing and takes inspiration from themes within The Yellow Wallpaper.

“I am looking forward to seeing what the audience take from the Scratch Events of Staring at the Walls. This is the first phase of the project and it’s a different style of working for me which is out of my comfort zone but has been a very rewarding process”

Kelly Hoye


Kelly Hoye – Artist & Creator

Tom Hogan – Director

Kat Godfrey – Creative Support

Jenny Battle – Access Coordinator

With thanks to Ann Farrar, Daryll Duncan, Nick Prince, and Toby Taylor for devising input.

Staring at the Walls is presented by Proud and Loud Arts and is made possible thanks to project partner Contact Manchester

Staring at the walls is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

We are currently in discussions with new project partners to develop the work further and welcome expressions of interest. Please contact to learn more.