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‘A Fine Line’ at Corban Estate Art Centre for Mental-Health Awareness Week 2013

Artists raise the profile of mental wellbeing

Corban Estate Art Centre

Exhibition: A fine line

  • Artists: Helen Cross, Keneti Faalolo, Andrew Hall, Reece King, Andrew Serjeant and Serena Young.
  • Exhibition dates: 9-13 October, 10am-4pm
  • Location: Old St Michael’s Church, Corban Estate Arts Centre,
  • Entry: Free, all welcome

If you’d like more information about these exhibitions or for media inquiries please contact the curator, Kathryn Tsui: 09 838 4455 extension 203 or kathryn@ceac.org.nz

 

Corban Estate Arts Centre’s latest exhibition ‘A fine line’ features six West Auckland based artists and is on display from 9 to 13 October to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2013.  This diverse art exhibition includes painting, printmaking, sculpture and carving.

Artist Andrew Serjeant is a prolific painter and believes art can help raise the profile of mental health in a constructive way. He says, “I want to use that interest to bring mental health concerns to the forefront, but also to highlight that with the appropriate help and viewed with an open mind, people with mental illness can interpret and add to the world with dignity.”

Andrew Hall is well known for his sculptural figures fashioned out of found and recycled objects. He describes his artistic practice as being both positive and negative. “Having two creative hemispheres between the ears and not being able to switch off my relentless imagination makes living in this reality almost impossible. It’s a gift and a curse.”

Keneti Faalolo’s wood carvings connect him to his Samoan heritage and spiritual beliefs, depicting stories of empowerment and overcoming adversity. Meanwhile Helen Cross’s prints are inspired by her close observation and love of animals in her life. Since attending printmaking classes at Toi Ora Live Arts Trust for the past two years Cross has become a skilled printmaker.

Painters, Reece King and Serena Young choose to represent two different states in their paintings which reflect on the stress of daily life. King’s expressive paintings portray a sense of anxiety whereas Young’s paintings are scenes of serenity and peace.

This exhibition was created in association with Walsh Trust, Corban Estate Arts Centre and Toi Ora Live Arts Trust.

Walsh Trust: www.walsh.org.nz

Toi Ora Live Arts Trust: www.toiora.org.nz

Stigma Busting Stories in the Like Minds Newsletter Dec 2012

The December 2012 issue of the Like Minds Newsletter is available online.

The feature article investigates how blogging can help to reduce stigma and discrimination – according to avid bloggers and tangata whaiora, Cate Reddell and Jarno Noordermeer.

Guy Baker tells how sharing his personal story of mental illness has brought him much support from his work colleagues at the Gisborne District Council.

Recent initiative PeerZone is receiving positive feedback about its workshops and is hoping to hold training for facilitators in Australia in 2013.

Auckland artist Andrew Serjeant talks about his art and belief that people with experience of mental illness can contribute greatly to society.

Sheree Veysey gives the lowdown on her Master’s thesis that focuses on how stigma may operate in the complaints process within mental health services.

Kaumatua Kathy Stewart leads you through her story about how she found strength and recovery in helping others after years of depression.