Take time from Kōrero / mā Te Kōrero, Ka Ora – Art exhibit drops on Mental Health Awareness Week
Works by some of New Zealand’s most famous artists will be on display across the country as the Urban art foundation (UAF) and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) draw attention to Mental health awareness week, which runs from September 27 to October 3.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is themed on the importance of having a little conversation / kōrero for our mental well-being: take the time to kōrero / mā te kōrero, ka ora – a little conversation can do a long way.
Mental Health Foundation Executive Director Shaun Robinson said of the UAF exhibition: “Art can be a fantastic tool to spark conversations between people. It’s the little, everyday conversations that make us understand each other better – and those conversations can make a big difference to our mental health, too. That’s the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week –
take the time to kōrero. We hope people take a moment to pause, reflect and engage with these works of art when they encounter them on the move – we can give our well-being a real boost when we take just a moment to notice our surroundings.
UAF Creative Director Andrew Hagen said: In isolation
The exhibition, which took place after lockdown last year, was very well received. From there, one thing became clear: art creates conversation. ‘Take Kōrero’s time is an attempt to contribute to Mental Health Awareness Week by showing art that not only inspires people, but also evokes communication and connection.
“We are fortunate to have benefited from the invaluable assistance of major art collections, including the Waikato Museum, the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, the Fletcher Trust Collection and the Chris Parkin Collection. Many of the artists in this exhibit are known names, including Rita Angus, Don Binney, Robin White, and Jacqueline Fahey.
Ms. Sandra Schmidt (AThR ANZACATA), a Wellington-based licensed arts therapist, said of the exhibit: “Engaging with the arts, either by being part of the audience or by creating and creating is an invitation to connect with oneself. even and with others. Creating, in particular, allows you to encounter other aspects of yourself. It’s like looking in a mirror who is kind to you. It creates a unique reflection that is more than the sum of its parts! Creating and engaging with the arts is a positive interaction – this is not to deny or belittle but to give to yourself and the community around you.
Courtesy of oOh! Media NZ, the exhibit will be featured on digital billboards in streets and malls across New Zealand. oOh! media has already partnered with the UAF to present numerous art exhibitions to the general public.
Oh! Media NZ Managing Director Nick Vile commented, “This is another fantastic collaboration aimed at raising awareness of an extremely important national issue. We are very proud of the work we do with Urban Art Foundation, and this is yet another example of how art can raise awareness and hopefully encourage conversation among Kiwis as they move through their homes. communities and see these works in the street.
The exhibition begins this Monday, October 27 and lasts six weeks. It will be featured on various oOh! Media digital billboards in bus shelters and retail malls nationwide.
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