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Art & Inquiry Soirée: Artistic explorations of mental health

You are kindly invited to join us on Wednesday May 1st for the Art & Inquiry Soirée—a special evening event filled with art, food, and lively discussions featuring a keynote address by Sue Phipps (CEO, CMHA Hamilton).

This event, hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Hamilton Branch, in collaboration with McMaster University’s Centre for Advanced Research on Mental Health and Society (ARMS), will showcase our community-engaged research and exhibit a collection of artistic works created by people with lived and living experience. The central theme of the Art & Inquiry Soirée revolves around the healing power of compassion and the connections forged through kindness & understanding. This event is free to attend and will be licensed and catered by The Other Bird restaurant group.

Date: Wednesday May 1st, 2024

Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Location: CMHA Hamilton (131 John St. S, Hamilton ON, L8N 2C3)

Please note, registration is required—click on the link below to secure your spot:

Hamilton community members and McMaster University students are invited to submit artistic work in the form of paintings, collage, photography, digital illustrations, or poetry, that reflect on your personal mental wellness journeys with a focus on healing through compassion. Selected artwork will be showcased at the Art & Inquiry Soirée at CMHA Hamilton on the evening of May 1, 2024 and will remain on display during CMHA Mental Health Week, May 6-10, 2024.

This exhibit aims to initiate discussions on mental health challenges and act as a powerful physical representation of an artist-centered self-discovery process. The goal is to reduce stigma associated with mental health issues and provide a channel where artists, photographers, and poets feel comfortable sharing personal struggles, which is an important first step towards improving mental wellness.

Submission Form

Click here to access the downloadable Submission Form.

NOTE: If you are submitting more than one piece of art, you will need to fill out a separate form for each submission.

All submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, April 12th, 2024.

Save the Date: Mental Health Research Symposium

The Art & Inquiry Soirée at CMHA Hamilton on May 1st is a feature of the Mental Health Research Symposium taking place at McMaster University on May 1st and 2nd. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

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