Mental Blocks is a new Changing Minds art initiative which seeks to encourage discussion and positive social innovation through creative means, aligning with our organisational vision: A place where people can thrive and mission: Leading Brave Conversations to Redefine Mental Health and Addictions in Aotearoa. We have specifically sought out works that:
- Redefine the way New Zealanders think and talk about health, wellbeing, addiction, and/or homelessness.
- Broaden or challenge the language and discourse we employ to talk about health, wellbeing, addiction, and/or homelessness,
- Celebrate diverse human experience and encourage self-determination.
- Examine the wider social context of mental health issues, addiction, homelessness.
The Mental Blocks Art Exhibition opened on the 19th Feb 2014 at the Art Station – 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby – and ran until the 13th of March 2014. Mental Blocks began with a fantastic gathering of people who came to appreciate the art of five extremely talented artists, Mark Strachan and Justine Law, Sarah Mokhtar, Fraser Hoffe, and Di Tocker.
The opening was a wonderful event, and we were lucky to have great businesses who supported us to put it on – Bfm, Karma Cola, Brothers Beer, Odyssey Wines, and Darbi’s Accessories. Some photos of the opening, the artists, the judges, the crowd and of course the pieces…