I want to

Exhibition now on until October 12th 2018.

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I Want to Live

I Want to Live is a project run by photographer Daniel Regan and suicide respite centre Maytree. The project comprises a number of interviews and photographic portraits of Maytree’s volunteer workforce, investigating what brings people to volunteer with those in suicidal crisis, volunteers’ own mental health experiences and the impact of suicide. Alongside these images are a series of photographs taken at the house, highlighting the liminal space where significant change often takes place and the traces that Maytree’s many guests have left behind.

The photographs and interviews will form part of a 4 month exhibition at the Free Space Project (London), during which Daniel will be running a number of arts workshops focusing on suicide and bereavement.


Maytree is a unique suicide respite centre providing befriending support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings in a non-clinical and unique space.

Based in north London within a home setting and supported by over a hundred volunteers, Maytree supports thousands of people each year by providing in-person, telephone and e-mail support. Maytree provides the opportunity for a one off stay of four nights and five days for guests experiencing suicidal feelings. During this time guests are encouraged to explore their suicidal feelings in a non-judgemental safe space with staff and volunteers.

Daniel Regan

Daniel Regan is a photographer and suicide survivor specialising in health and wellbeing, using visual language to explore complex emotional experiences in lieu of traditional forms of communication.

From using photography to navigate his own mental health history to building large-scale commissioned interactive and immersive installations exploring the soothing qualities of landscape, Daniel aims to prompt viewers and collaborators to consider how the arts can be used to explore health. His work encompasses the full spectrum of our wellbeing, both identifying and working through often difficult experiences whilst engaging people with ideas of self-advocacy and self-expression.


I quite enjoy, now, reflecting on how I became mad and that process of where the brain takes you. That I find fascinating. I think it’s quite difficult to become suicidal really. You need trigger points, some people just need one, I needed quite a few. But once you’re there…


When I was a first year student Maytree was one of the placements that was on offer. I felt I could really empathise with where people were, how difficult things can be and how depression can grind you down. I guess I was attracted to Maytree for that reason. I remember being at the interview, and when they read out some of the suicide scenarios my stomach lurched. It was such a strong reaction and I felt this was the place for me. I still feel like that.


I Want to Live will be on show at the Free Space Project from June — October. For all enquiries please get in touch.

Opening Night:
21st June, 6pm — 9pm
If you would like to attend the opening please RSVP by registering here.

Exhibition Dates:
22nd June — October 12th 2018

Free Space Project
Kentish Town Health Centre
2 Bartholomew Road
London, NW5 2BX

Opening Hours:
The building is open to the public from 8.30am — 6.30pm. The exhibition is on the first floor.


During the exhibition period a number of events will be taking place at the Free Space Project. Please see below for event details. All events are free but please do RSVP. If you have any queries please e-mail info@iwanttolive.photography.

Exhibition Tour & Artist Talk
5th July, 6pm — 8.30pm
Free, click here to book a space

Join Daniel for a tour of the exhibition. Following the tour Daniel will talk about how the project came about and his practice as an artist working in mental health.

Arts Workshops
Daniel Regan will be running a series of arts workshops open to the general public focusing on suicide, bereavement and mental health. The workshops will take place at the Free Space Project and are co-facilitated with clinical support by integrative psychotherapist Lizz Lewis.

Workshops will take place on:
13th September (6pm — 8.30pm)
20th September (6pm — 8.30pm)
27th September (6pm — 8.30pm)
4th October (6pm — 8.30pm)

Click here to book a place on any of the above workshop dates.

11th October (6pm — 8.30pm). This workshop is specifically for clinicians/workers in mental health. Click here to book for this workshop.


For any enquiries (including press) please get in touch by e-mail either to info@iwanttolive.photography or using the form to the right. If you would like to do any press interviews please get in touch for us to send you a full press pack with project information.