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Arts & Minds 2018

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The powerful impact of art
Picture this: two artists, two strangers, one big conversation. Over eight hours, working back-to-back, they each create a painting. Now multiply it by five and you have ten amazing works of art and five honest and personal discussions about mental health. This is Arts & Minds - Anglicare's award-winning mental health awareness campaign.

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Spectator Jonze and her Billboard Ad (image by May Cross)


Launched in 2017, Arts & Minds is a dedicated campaign to increase the public conversation about mental health. More transparent and open dialogue may remove fear and help more people talk about their problems and seek help when they need it. Arts & Minds 2017 won the 2017 Grand Prix overall prize at the Outdoor Media Association's Creative Collection competition and gold at Brisbane Advertising and Design Club (BADC). Back for its second year, Arts & Minds continues the conversation so that our culture will be more inclusive and accepting of mental health issues.

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Webinar Series
You can watch the web series which are five brave and inspiring mini-films, each documenting the creation of artworks and the journey of these very talented artists. It was launched on 23 April via facebook; at Arts & Minds web series ; and on 35 goa billboards city-wide.

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Goa billboard at Bowen Hills (May Cross)


ARTISTS
1. Ailsa Walsh

"More awareness about aboriginal mental health is what I want," said Ailsa, the Ipswich-based indigenous artist. She was teamed with established indigenous creative Aunty Denise Proud, with the theme of INSIGHT.

2. Liz Pepper

"My art is a really important part of my healing," said Liz, the Sunshine Coast artist. She was teamed with internationally renowned artist Tracie Eaton.

3. Marie Roberson

"I paint my emotions which helps set me free," said emerging artist Marie from the beautiful Scenic Rim. She was teamed with nationally acclaimed artist Tracey Keller, with the theme CLARITY.

4. Samuel Dunn

"I am beginning to finally figure myself out and who I want to be as a creator," said Gold Coast artist Sam. He was teamed with political cartoonist for the Courier Mail, Sean Leahy.

5. Spectator Jonze

"I bring mental health to light in a colourful display of imperfectly perfect beauty," said Brisbane artist Spectator Jonze (moniker of artist Deena Lynch). She was teamed with contemporary fine artist Matt Stewart, with the theme RELEASE.

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Musician and Artist, Spectator Jonze (image by May Cross)


Arts & Minds Gala Event

The Arts & Minds campaign will culminate with a Gala Event to be held on Thursday 31 May 2018 from 6pm. It is a great opportunity to see all ten of the stunning artworks which will be auctioned on the night. Tickets are $55 each and are limited in number so don't delay in getting yours. You can order them here. It will be held at 480 Queen, The Grove, Rooftop Terrace at 480 Queen Street in Brisbane.

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Keep your eyes peeled for goa's billboards (image by May Cross)


What is Anglicare?
With community service initiatives dating back to1870, Anglicare is one of Queensland's most experienced providers of services ranging from aged care and mental health support to help at home, foster care and disability support.

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Why? to witness the powerful impact that art has on our psychological and emotional health.
When: Throughout May
Where: 35 Billboards Across Brisbane
Cost: free
Your Comment
Yes May, from contemporary to abstract. Some say Brisbane is a country town but I say not...look at what's on offer every weekend.
by Susan J Bowes (score: 2|672) 144 days ago
May another interesting article
by Susan J Bowes (score: 2|672) 144 days ago
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