Artists mark Mental Health Awareness Week
1 October 2010 Creative spaces and communities from Northland to Otago are staging arts-related events to mark Mental Health Awareness Week from October 4 to 10.
Dargaville’s Circus Kumarani is performing at a Masquerade Ball at the Kaikohe Memorial Hall, and the Whau Valley Whaiora Support Trust is holding an art exhibition titled Synergy – creating more at the Porcine Gallery in Whangarei.
Auckland’s Toi Ora Live Art Trust is holding a variety of events to celebrate the week, opening with OCTGIG 2010 featuring Emma Paki and a local lineup of musicians. Other events include a creative writing workshop, the first solo exhibition of paintings by James King, and a launch of the book Mosaic and Myth.
Events planned for Kapiti include a Thriving Community art display, free Art Fun workshop, and Thrive Unplugged – a variety performance by people in the community using their creative skills to present what it means to them to thrive.
In Dunedin, Arsenta is presenting an ArtyPants Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The art studio has been abuzz with hats in various stages of construction, feathers, pom-poms, crepe paper, cardboard, ribbon, playing cards, chess pieces and glue guns.
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