Opening Converstations about Mental Distress - 24th Feb 2014

The opening of a new art exhibition at ArtStation in Auckland last week gave opportunity to have open conversations about Mental Distress, Homelessness and Addictions.  Changing Minds manager, Ainsley Gee and project leader for Mental Blocks, Margaret Lockhart co-ordinated the exhibition to invite openness around the subject of mental distress.

Four artists were selected, using their chosen medium to express personal or related experience in this field.  Di Tocker had figures trapped within cast glass, her aim to have the viewer stop and consider what it must be like to live on the outer fringes of our society. Sarah Moktar has developed a wearable and interactive scarf through which one can experience incoming voices.  Mark Strachan and Justine Law have created a stop motion movie they hope will lighten the conversation and Fraser Hoffe displays a series of brightly coloured capes, drawing on his experiences of once being homeless himself.

The works are on show at ArtStation, Ponsonby Auckland until the 13th of March.

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