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Art Chemist: Prescriptions and creative cure-alls

Wednesday, April 21, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: wellbeing, arts, health, services, Arts Therapy

The month of May will see a pop-up Art Chemist open in Cathedral Junction, where performers will prescribe art works, exhibitions, and more to soothe a variety of ills.

Art Chemist will offer creative means with which to tackle woes, gripes and the agonies of everyday life - from prescriptions for paintings and poetry to over the counter doses of sculpture or scores.

This FREE interactive artwork draws on international studies which support the benefit of 'arts on prescription' for improving mental wellbeing as well as a desire to support and showcase the vibrant arts communities in our city.

The custom designed clinic will operate as a space somewhere between apothecary, therapist office and arts directory.

The Art Chemist will be open for drop-ins and appointments from 11am till 4pm Thursday through to Sunday - from Thursday 29th April until Sunday 25th July 2021.

Art Chemist will team up with The Green Lab to host a short series of interactive events on Friday evenings from 5 to 7pm - in The Green Lab space across the tram tracks inside Cathedral Junction.

Art Chemist is enabled by funding from the CCC Enliven Places Project Fund and Life in Vacant Spaces, with support from Phantom Billstickers and arts organisations around Ōtautahi.

“This will be a playful yet earnest artistic intervention. I hope to encourage people to participate in the arts and see the value in them beyond aesthetics - as a tool for wellbeing, connection and contemplation,” says Audrey Baldwin - artist and Art Chemist director.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch