Mental health touches many of us, our loved ones, and is particularly prevalent among creative people. You don’t need to look very hard to find an artist who was affected by mental illness; Van Gogh, Gauguin and Rothko, who suffered from bouts of debilitating depression; Munch’s anxiety and hallucinations; Michelangelo’s underlying melancholia, just to name a few.
I believe that a creative outlet plays an important part of a life touched by mental illness. The entire spectrum of emotion can be acknowledged and celebrated, because it is OK to feel sad, and happy, and everything in between. I myself am extremely thankful for these artists, as well as the many creative people around me who continue to express themselves.
Headspace Hawthorn is celebrating Mental Health Week 2015 with an art exhibition dedicated to young people’s hopes and dreams for the future. MAC, along with headspace would like to invite our young artists to enter artwork that reflects this theme and join in this celebration of creativity.
The event is open to 12 to 25 year olds and entry is free. Three artists will WIN a $200 JB-HI-FI voucher and a NGV Membership. You can submit your entry by email; please include your full name, mobile number, medium-size photo of your artwork and a brief description before Thursday 8th October to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Thursday 8th October, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Dream Catcher Art Exhibition at Appleton Street Studios, 53 Appleton St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696074760623444/