Upstairs Galleryâ€™s 10th Emerging Artist Award exhibition is now open to emerging artists in all media Auckland wide.
Ten finalists will be exhibited in the Upstairs Gallery and 3 will be awarded with prizes worth over $5000.
The 2018 Upstairs Gallery Emerging Artist Award is promoting the medium of art as a means to engage the local community and cultures around the concept of mental health, and to convey messages to counter misunderstanding, fear and prejudice.
A recent research study identified that publicly displayed art is an effective way of increasing empathy and understanding towards people with mental illness. Simply viewing or discussing a work of art can evoke powerful emotions.Â We would like you to submit a work of art, in the media of your choice, which cultivates empathy and helps us become more aware of our own emotions and more receptive to the emotion of others.
Exhibition Period: 3 â€“ 26 Aug 2018.