Two brilliant Gold Coast artists starring in Arts&Minds 2018.

TWO BRILLIANT ARTISTS are leading the way in the ground-breaking Arts&Minds program. The works of Samuel Dunn, an emerging artists touched by the challenges of mental health, and established artist Tracie Eaton who is a 2018 Mentor Artist, are standouts in this year’s Arts&Minds program, and will be auctioned NEXT THURSDAY evening.

Arts&Minds 2018 is a spine-tingling program. It is important, brave and progressive and brings the conversation about mental health out of the shadows, in a magnificent way.

This year the program paired 5 emerging artists, all who have been affected by mental health issues, with 5 established artists. The five emerging artists are Ipswich-based indigenous artist Ailsa Walsh, the Gold Coast’s Samuel Dunn, Marie Robertson from Brisbane, Woombye’s Liz Pepper and Spectator Jonze from Eight Mile Plains. They have been paired with five leading and established Queensland artists in Sean Leahy, Matt Stewart, Tracey Keller, Tracey Eaton and Aunty Denise Proud. The paired artists worked at the same time, and to the same brief to create their pieces.

Tracie Eaton is an internationally renowned artist based on the Gold Coast and creates unique acrylic and mixed media art that touches the soul. Her originals are highly sought after due to her individual and highly creative style. She uses acrylic paint as her primary medium – allowing her to create the look of water colours and oils or airbrush and pour. To add a 3D feeling to her paintings, Tracie adds anything she can – plaster, molding compounds, sand, glass, eggshells, tissue paper, twigs, twine, glitter. Her unique textured style is inspired by the textures in nature. Certified in Colour Psychology, Tracie brings a passion and understanding of colour coupled with her creative insight. “@tracieeaton

Samuel Dunn is a standout emerging talent. His art is tongue-in-cheek, pop-art with a twist of nostalgia, focusing on consumerism and capitalism. He works with pencil and technical pens, as well as digital platforms and experiments with print making. His first mental health challenge came after he graduated Graphic Design studies at University in 2014 – it was a bout of depression which spiralled for months. While he studied Honours, he worked on managing his depression, developing ways to avoid negative thought processes; and art remains a large part of this. Samuel works as an illustrator, artist and mural creator. Remember his name, it will one day be up in lights. @samjohndone
Sam Dunn –

The Cocktail Gala will be held NEXT Thursday, May 31 on the rooftop of 480 Queen Street in Brisbane, hosted by leading Australian commentator and host (and Queenslander) Meshel Laurie with the 10 incredible artworks for auction, in a celebration of mental health awareness. The event goes from 6pm to 9pm and tickets are $55 each and include fabulous catering and drinks, and a night of pretty special entertainment and art.

Arts&Minds Cocktail Gala 2018
Thursday May 31 – 6pm to 9pm at The Grove, Level 32 at 480 Queen Street
TICKETS ARE $55 each – PLEASE buy now because this is such an important program….

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. Anglicare Southern Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing support services to vulnerable

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