Post-Brexit Britain has been hit by an economic slowdown and the spectre of a second Brexit.
But it’s also been hit with an artistic renaissance, with a new wave of artistic work emerging in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Artworks from the period were often made by artists who’d never before been in the public eye.
One artist, Mandy Smith, is one of the most prominent figures in this new renaissance.
In 2013 she won the Palais Royal in France’s Palais des Festivals de la Méditerranée, the first time a woman had won the prestigious award.
She has since been awarded the Prix de la Musique d’Art, a prize given annually to the best young French artist.
Smith’s work can be found in museums around the world, including in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.
She is the creator of a new series of paintings, called The Black Book.
Smith, whose work is based on her own experiences of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, said she was inspired to create the book after a friend who had been through the same experience told her about it.
“I was looking for something to be able to relate to my friend’s experience and I wanted to share that experience with others,” she said.
She started by talking to artists who were affected by the Brexit result, including Paul Randell and David Hockney.
“They were both struggling to cope and had the same ideas that I was, that they wanted to help,” she told Al Jazeera.
Smith’s book has been published in Germany and the Netherlands.
It’s a book about depression and PTSD, but also a work about the artists that were able to create these pieces, including David Hockneys and Paul Randell.
“My book is a reflection of what it was like for me to be so completely shattered,” Smith said.
“I think the fact that people have created these artworks after the Brexit means that we have come out of a post-Brexit period in a new and hopeful state.”
We are still in a post Brexit period, and the only way to heal is to come together to create new artworks.
We are all connected by our experiences.
“Artworks of the eraThe Black Book is one such work.
The book is filled with illustrations of artists who are currently working in Britain.
Some are still living there, while others are in temporary accommodation, some still working in the country.
There are also images from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s that have never been published before.”
Smith has worked as an artist for 10 years. “
It is also about people like my friend and me, who are both artists, in our 40s and 50s, living in London.”
Smith has worked as an artist for 10 years.
As an artist, she has a range of experiences to draw on, from the experiences of working in a factory, to being in a concentration camp, to surviving being deported from the UK.
“It’s an experience of being in the same situation and feeling that you are part of something,” she explained.
“You are always in the moment, and it is also a moment when you are making something out of nothing.”
There are things you can draw from, even when you’re in a state of depression.
You can draw on your experience of depression as an art student, or even as an adult.
“Sometimes, the pain that you feel in your heart when you see a painting can also be the beauty that you can see when you look at a painting.”
Smith said she felt the book was important for those artists who have gone through the process of moving from the outside to the inside of the country, but still felt they were still “in the shadows”.
“There’s a feeling that is lost.
That we have lost something,” Smith explained.
And that’s not just for artists who moved to Britain after the vote.
Another of the book’s illustrations is by a woman known as Olivia Dolan.
She came to Britain in 1995 and moved to her current studio in Kent in 2003.
She’s a writer, novelist and journalist who was born in the UK but has lived in Spain since she was a child.
Dola was the first person in the world to be granted a UK residency visa, which allowed her to work in the City of London.
Dolby said her life has been affected by Brexit and her work is inspired by the “black art” of the time.
“For a long time, I was feeling very depressed.
My heart was beating so fast that I could not breathe.
I was very depressed, I would just fall asleep,” she wrote on her blog.”
In 2005, after the referendum