New free exhibition at National Library showcases works of art by students and artists with mental health issues – Mothership.SG
Featuring the work of artists living with mental health issues, REACH and a grassroots youth initiative SG of the Mental Health Collective (MHC) launched an art exhibition called “The Artist’s Residency”.
“Mental health issues are not dead ends”
The exhibit – conceptualized by young MHC volunteers – aims to start conversations about individual mental well-being.
It can be found in the National Library building from December 19, 2021 to February 14, 2022.
In total, five artists living with mental health issues and nine student artists collaborated to bring the exhibition to life.
A joint press release from REACH and MHC said the layout and framework were designed to invite viewers to “reside in various mental health spaces and explore what hope feels like for people living with it.” mental disorders ”.
Housed in a reconstructed HDB apartment, the exhibit features seven works of art in different forms, including photography, animation, music and dance.
“I hope to tell people that mental health issues are not dead ends,” said Faith Wong, one of the performers.
“By understanding the various aspects of the conditions, we can truly shed the lenses of fear and ignorance, and thus help ourselves and others to maintain mental well-being through early intervention.”
Dedicated wall organized by REACH
Inside the exhibit is a wall organized by REACH which also allows visitors to learn more about young people’s perceptions of mental well-being.
Views on the stigma and common concerns faced by young people were gathered by REACH through a series of youth engagements conducted over the course of a year.
“We hope that through this exhibition Singaporeans can learn more about mental health issues – not as symptoms or medical diagnoses, but as the unique struggles and experiences of individuals who are already doing their best. “said Titus Yim, co-founder of MHC.
Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, REACH President Tan Kiat How said REACH was delighted to support such grassroots initiatives as part of their efforts to engage Singaporeans.
Tan, who is also Minister of State for Communications and Information and National Development, added:
“I hope more young people will be inspired by MHC to take action on causes they care about and inspire positive change in their communities.”
The artist’s residence
Site: National Library building, level 8
Appointment: Dec 19 2021 to 14 Feb. 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This exhibition is classified as Advisory (certain mature content).
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Top image of REACH and via the Mental Health Collective SG Instagram page