The Mental Blocks Art Initiative has reached the second stage on its way to the exhibition. After receiving a large amount of very high calibre applications, the judges have come to a decision about who has been granted funds to complete their art project. This was an incredibly tough process and they spent a month exploring all the applications individually, then came together twice to discuss these and agree on a outcome.
The recipients of the funding are:
Di Tocker – An award winning NZ artist who has a passion for creating sculptures in glass. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (major glass) and is a full time practising artist and tutor of cast glass.
Mark Strachan – Has a degree in Digital Media design at Victoria University and has attended Pablo’s Art studio in Wellington. Mark is creating a short stop-motion film that gives viewers a subjective experience of a person dealing with mental illness.
Sarah Mokhtar – Sarah has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a graduate diploma of Industrial design at Victoria University, she is currently completing her Masters of Design Innovation as well as tutoring at Victoria University. Sarah will create a wearable technology interactive installation piece that simulates dynamic voices to create awareness and positive discussion around mental health.
Fraser Hoffe – Fraser is a self-taught artist designer and sculptor who developed his unique style in Wellingtons community art studios Pablo’s and Vincents. “I avoid straight lines” says he says. To me, framing or surrounding an art work with straight line restricts the imagination and suggests captivity or ownership. Fraser is creating a series of capes.
We now begin the process of supporting the artists with the development of their works and planning the exhibition which will occur mid February next year. Changing Minds will keep you posted of the progress and watch this space for further news of where the exhibition will take place and when the opening night will be.
Special thanks to our project leader Margaret Lockhart email@example.com who has coordinated this project and the judges; Maggie Gresson, Saan Barrett, Dave Mann & Damin Radford.