Resilience and Connection: Artistic explorations of mental health is a showcase of student art, brought to you by the Student Wellness Centre, the McMaster Museum of Art, and the Advanced Research on Mental Health and Society (ARMS) initiative, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Hamilton Branch.
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit artwork in the form of paintings, collage, photography, digital illustrations, or poetry, that reflects your personal mental wellness journey throughout the pandemic, based on one of the themes listed below. This showcase aims to initiate campus-wide discussions on mental health challenges and act as a powerful physical representation of a student-centred self-discovery process. The goal is to reduce stigma associated with mental health issues and provide a channel where students feel comfortable sharing personal struggles, which is an important first step towards improving mental wellness.
Participating students will have access to several optional art workshops that may help guide the process. These workshops aim to provide students with both inspiration and different types of skills and techniques that would allow you to creatively express yourself.
Overall, the program aims to have you:
Themes for submission:
Available Art Workshops
All workshops are free! Additional workshops may be posted over the semester, so feel free to check back.
McMaster Museum of Art workshops
Student Wellness Centre workshops/sessions
Where will the artwork be showcased?
Selected pieces of art will be mounted along a corridor on the main floor of the L.R. Wilson building on campus.
When will the showcase take place?
The artwork will be mounted in the first week of January, with a launch event once students return from classes.
How do I submit my art?
The final deadline to submit has been extended to Friday January 6th, 2023, at 11:59pm.
Can I submit artwork anonymously?
While we will need to collect your name and email address, you can indicate at the time of submission if you would prefer not to have your name beside your artwork and remain anonymous during the showcase.
Can I submit more than one piece of artwork?
Yes, you may submit up to three pieces of artwork. These can be under the same theme, or different themes, using the same type of art or different types. You will have to complete a different submission form for each submission.
Who will be judging/selecting the pieces for the showcase?
A group of 4-6 students who volunteer or work with the Student Wellness Centre, the McMaster Museum of Art, and ARMS will be making all decisions for which pieces of art to showcase, with support from staff. It will be a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, with a diversity of lived experiences and interests.
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