Why Art Matters | Health and Wellbeing

Tuesday August 15, at 6.30pm

TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland

In collaboration with Māpura Studios, this evening will explore what effect art making and art viewing can have on your wellbeing. When we engage in creative play or carefully observe an artwork, are we also creating an opportunity for a transformative experience?

About the Speakers:
Andrew Young – Andrew has been a leader in the healthcare sector for almost 20 years and firmly believes in the healing power of art in hospitals. As the former CEO of the Starship Foundation and the current CEO of the Well Foundation, the official charity of the Waitemata DHB, Andrew’s role embraces high-level fundraising to enhance the whole patient experience.

Jimmy James Kouratoras – Jimmy has always worked with his hands. Descended from a long line of artisans, his Cretan and Māori heritage are woven together by surf, skateboards and graffiti. Since 2012 Jimmy, an entirely self-taught artist, has focused exclusively on developing his own craft.

Diana McPherson – Diana comes from a business background and has worked as CFO for a multinational organisation. Diana is Director of Māpura Studios, a growing charitable creative space working with people with diverse needs. Diana’s main goals for Māpura Studios are focused on the health and wellbeing of their artists.

Professor Suzanne Purdy – Professor Suzanne Purdy is Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland and Principal Investigator in the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and the Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence. Her academic background is in psychology, speech science and audiology and she has research interests in communication disorders, auditory processing, hearing and neurological conditions.

Our chair for the evening is John Glass

Run of events:
5.30pm: Galleries open + refreshments available from Homestead Eatery
6.30–8pm: Presentations, conversations and questions
8.30pm: Doors close

Tickets by Eventbrite
Adult: $25
Concession: $20

Image: Sung Tevita Hyundo, Untitled (2014), oil on canvas, on loan at North Shore Hospital from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection

Date(s) - 27/06/2018 - 14/08/2018
All Day