Written by Sara Black
Punctuation plays a pivotal role in a fundraising initiative for Mental Health Awareness Week.
As we see the Southern Hemisphere transition into spring, Mental Health Awareness Week is nigh. And, with a high proportion of New Zealanders suffering from a mental health issue during their lives and nearly nine per cent of adults experiencing psychological distress over the past four weeks (no surprises), the NZHS reveal some hard-hitting stats for the year.
In conjunction with Lifeline, an essential 24/7 helpline service, Föenander Galleries will host an off-site exhibition to raise funds for Lifeline. The theme? A semi-colon.
When used in the written form, the semi-colon offers an opportunity for a story to continue and has been adopted by the mental health industry as a symbol “dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury”.
With more than 35 works on show from acclaimed artists such as Roger Mortimer, Billy McQueen, Cruz Jimenez and Ramon Robertson, the exhibition will run for two weeks from Tuesday 29 September to Monday 12 October.
Open for viewing seven days from 12 – 6pm or by appointment, head into Auckland’s Unlimited Potential Real Estate in Herne Bay to peruse the offering.
Early Frost by Cruz Jimenez, 2020.