The Big Anxiety Speaker Series - Brain Storms: Creativity and Mental Health

Join a panel of artists as they discuss their approaches and responsibilities when crafting creative depictions of mental health.

Location: The Capitol Theatre

 In any year, around 1 in 5 Australians will experience a common mental health disorder, but cultural depictions of mental health can fail to grasp the complexities of its felt experience. This panel features creatives who have used their art to explore this issue that is at once ordinary and obscure.

With host Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe they explore the way their recent work innovatively engages with the reality of complex mental health experiences, whether implicitly or explicitly.  They’ll discuss the mechanics of representing the lived experience of mental health challenges and creating depictions that are authentic and relatable, yet free from stereotype or reduction. 

This will be an expansive discussion about the ways in which art can be used to explore and better understand the nuances of mental health. 

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.