May 2016 – Youth Mental Health Forum & Turbo Brown

Hi everyone! I hope that if you live in Australia, as I do, that you have not been affected too badly by the significant storms we had late last month. These resulted in loss of power at my home for almost 24 hours (I was luckier than many!), and loss of internet for much longer. (Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure is old fashioned and in my suburb the copper wiring can get water damage during times of heavy rain. Until the wiring gets a chance to dry out, the internet is kaput.)

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I thought that the best way to catch up on my blogging was to recap the previous months, exhibitions and workshops I attended, some of what I have been up to in class, etc, etc. So we are going to start with May and work on from there. My plan (technology, health and weather permitting! :P) is to publish at least one post a week till I am all caught up, and then we can resume my ideal programming which is posting once a week-fortnight. 🙂

In May I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a Youth Mental Health Forum here in Adelaide. The event was presented by Northern Health Network, Headspace, and the Primary Health Networks (phn), and held at Tandanya. Tandanya is formally known as the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, and is home to a number of indigenous arts exhibitions as well as the performing arts. You can read more about Tandanya here, it is well worth a visit if you are ever in town.

 The Forum was a great opportunity to hear about the current state of youth mental health services in Adelaide as well as emerging research findings about a number of youth relevant topics: application of Positive Psychology approaches in schools, the impact of social media and video game usage in youth, and so on.

One of the speakers was Tandanya’s own has arts education officer, who provides outreach and leads activities for indigenous youth. I was not aware that Tandanya provided such a service until the day! Her presentation, “Working and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people” was engaging and provided real world examples of how engagement in the arts can have positive personal, group, and community impacts.

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Examples of the results of the community art projects she has facilitated, from her presentation, are below:

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

(Excuse the image quality in this case, I was seated waaaaay up the back! :))

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Following the Forum, I discovered an artist new to me. Tandanya hosts exhibitions year round, and during the Forum they featured the work of Turbo Brown. Turbo grew up in North Western Victoria and is from the Latje Latje community. He later had the opportunity to study visual arts at RMIT, Melbourne, and is now a full time artist.

 Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Some examples of his work from the exhibition program, as photos-in-gallery were not permitted:

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

 Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

You can read more about Turbo and view more of his work here.

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Again, as said in an earlier post, I apologise for the time it has taken for me to get posts published. Nevertheless, I hope that you are continuing to enjoy the blog! Please remember that you can follow me on instagram (@heartinsightart) for more frequent updates, including my work in class and attempts at some Inktober scribbles! 🙂

Best wishes to all of you! 🙂