Arts&Minds launches with final call for emerging artists and corporate leaders
Applications close January 20!

Mental health awareness celebrated on canvas as art takes centre stage

From the heart, for the head, on the canvas – that’s the approach of a Queensland-based national initiative aimed at understanding and demystifying mental health challenges, using art as the conversation starter.

Arts&Minds 2018 is making a FINAL CALL for emerging artists and for corporate leaders to take part in the ground-breaking program this year, one that will see incredible art created on canvases while making important connections for those involved.

This year Arts&Minds will pair five emerging artists, each dealing with or touched by mental health challenges, with a high-profile leader who is both inspirational and courageous in their field. Sitting together in the same studio, each pair will paint individual canvases in response to a mental health topic using the same material, as chosen by the artist. The artworks will be auctioned at a gala event in May, with all artists present.

Over 350 emerging artists have already applied to take part in the project; a response which has overwhelmed organisers at Anglicare Southern Queensland, in the very best way possible. “To have over 350 artists apply to take part is astonishing, it’s incredibly heartening and it’s also reflective of the fact that so many people are affected by, and touched by mental health challenges in Australia today,” said Michelle Le Pla of Anglicare Southern Queensland. “Arts&Minds is a very special, collaborative project and this year, with the added element of mentorship, we will see important connections made and conversations had, taking the creative process to another step and importantly forging really strong understandings between the pairs of artists.”

Applications for emerging artists close on January 20 with the five artists to be announced by February 10.
Leaders across business, arts, sport and more who are interested in becoming a mentor are asked to contact Kath Rose on 0416 201 493 or email kath@kathrose.com.

Mental health is a hidden problem and each year one in five Australians are affected. There are more than 2,000 suicides and 65,300 suicide attempts every year and one million people in Australia live with depression.

About Arts&Minds
Last year, Arts&Minds invited six emerging artists, each facing mental health challenges, to create a piece of art in 8 hours. The artwork was auctioned to raise money for Anglicare’s vital mental health services. It was a watershed program for the artists, for the people and organisations who now proudly own the artwork and for each and every person involved. In 2018 this will go a step further…

Anglicare Southern Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing support services to vulnerable members of the community. Dating back to 1870, Anglicare are one of Queensland’s most experienced provider.

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