Deadline's 'cathARTic' - presented by DrugAware will feature a week of interactive workshops exploring mental health and creativity, culminating in an exhibition opening at the Showcase Gallery in Northbridge on Friday 14th October.
In response to the Act-Belong-Commit theme of Mental Health Week 2016, the project will see eight artists working together in close quarters and inviting the public to join them in ‘cathartic processes’ – a series of art making activities and workshops, centered around coming to terms with mental health issues through understanding, reducing stigma and practice of ‘letting go’.
Our aim is for the process of catharsis to encourage open discussion about mental health. There is too much stigma attached to experiences of anxiety, depression, and similar challenges that many of us face on a daily basis. We think that art making can be a healthy and enjoyable format in which to approach conversation around these difficult topics, as well as a means to gain confidence in one's self expression, connect with others and be involved in a community.
Workshop participants can expect to leave having had an opportunity to scream out their frustrations, transform unwanted garments in to wearable art, face their reflection, let go of accumulated junk, and be part of an act of collective storytelling through poetry, written and spoken word.
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This event has been made possible due to the generous support of DrugAware, Propel Youth Arts and North Metropolitan TAFE.
| W O R K S H O P S |
TUSEDAY 11TH OCTOBER
The Scream Room | 9AM - 5PM
Art Director, Megan Riley | https://www.behance.net/designme
Visual Artist, Ned Reilly | nedreilly.wordpress.com
Artists will invite workshop participants to purge their inner demons inside of a dark, sound cladded room constructed
inside the space. Screams and emotional outbursts will be recorded during the workshop, then combined into a
multi layered sound installation inside of the room at the exhibition. The artists’ intention is to provide a healthy outlet for expression, acknowledgement and acceptance of frustrations with our flawed selves and the imperfect world we inhabit.
Rip It Good | 9AM - 5PM
Designer, Chloe Clements | Chloe Clem Designs | www.chloeclem.com
Body image and self doubt is are mental health issues individuals of all genders go through in their life - trying to pick the right clothing to fit into or picking the right clothing to fit into a crowd. Seeking to initiate conversation about body image issues, Chloe invites you to bring in pieces of clothing that hold a negative personal attachment. Participants will be encouraged to tear up the items so they can be transformed into new garments, banners and other textile works, speaking of solidarity, confidence and positive self-image.
TUSEDAY 11TH - THURSDAY 13TH
Paint it up | 9AM - 5PM DAILY
Artist, Ruby Smedley - Ruby Smedley Art
Over the course of the week, Ruby will paint multiple works on paper, combining to form one large canvas the size of a wall. She will be working inside the space as workshops are taking place and visitors will be able to view her work in progress. Exploring the sensation of being overwhelmed and overcome by emotion with the use of wax crayons and paint, over a fragmented and fragile base, these paintings will further build on the body of work developed in her 'Isolation' exhibition, running September 30th - October 10th at City Art Space.
Film Artist, Caitlin Kirk
Caitlin will document the process of artists' workshops throughout the week and compile a video for the end nights
exhibition, revealing the discoveries, breakthroughs and conversations emerging from each 'cathartic process'.
The Bull$#it | 9AM - 12PM
Composer, Richard Woodley
In western culture we are encouraged to buy. It is implied that by getting what we don’t yet have we will gain a happiness previously unavailable to us. We’ve all fallen to prey ‘retail therapy’ at some stage of our life. A time where we’ve felt low and bought something, anything, to try and fulfill our self. More often than not we do this without thinking and without realizing the reason for doing so. In time we look at the objects our discontent has lead us to accumulate and we realise they probably didn’t satisfy us in the way we may have hoped they would.
This workshop takes those objects and rips them apart to understand the lack of value in many material possessions and the false promises they can hold regarding our wellbeing. The piece will ask participants and viewers to truly question why they buy what they buy and how their emotions tie into these decisions. Participants will bash, crash, beat and tear the ‘junk’ apart and all of that will be recorded. The recordings will then be assembled into a piece of music that will be presented alongside the used ‘junk’ that will be on display.
Reflections 12PM - 5PM
Photographer, Giselle Natassia - Giselle Natassia - Photographer | http://gisellenatassia.com.au/
Have you ever truly looked yourself in the eye? And looked deep within? Many issues involving mental health revolve around our measure of self worth and how adequate we feel as human beings. Participants are photographed prior to entering a room of mirrors where they are asked to look themselves in the eye (preferably naked) for fifteen minutes to an hour. A minute within a mind which is not distracted can feel like an eternity. There is no hiding from self in this lit landscape of reflective surfaces. Individuals are then photographed as an ‘after portrait’ which is accompanied by a statement which will illustrate their personal findings and experience throughout the ordeal.
Untangled | 9AM - 1PM
Artist, Hayley Walker
Create small patterns designed to help you
rewire and de-stress. Keep these techniques on hand
to calm you down and focus at any time.
Let's Yarn | 12PM - 5PM
Artist, Matthew Mcveigh | www.mattmcveigh.com.au
Over the course of the day, Matt welcomes you to visit him in the space to be interviewed about how mental health issues have impacted or intersected with your life. Your words will contribute (anonymously) to a body of collectively generated poetry, presented as an installation where the written word is revealed by UV light.
| E X H I B I T I O N | 14TH OCTOBER | 6PM - 8PM
Join us on Friday the 14th October for an exhibition of the work resulting from the workshops. Expect an evening of sound & video installation, performance art, fashion, sculptural work, paintings and photography.
| E X H I B I T I O N O P E N | 15TH OCTOBER | 9AM - 5PM