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Creatively exploring mental health

Creativity and mental health came together at Rideau Hall on October 9th as Workman Arts, joined their Excellencies Governor General David Johnston and Sharon Johnston to present works honouring the arts and its healing benefits.

The evening included a special screening of William Kurelek’s The Maze by filmmakers Nick and Zack Young; a panel discussion by guest speakers Stephen Kurelek, son of William Kurelek; Olympian Clara Hughes and Inuk musician Susan Aglukark; as well as a reprise of the Mad Couture Catwalk, a runway-style presentation of wearable art created by Workman artists that challenges norms, shifts boundaries and provokes dialogue about mental health and addiction issues. The fashion show was featured on a segment of Global TV’s 16X9 on October 19.  

In her welcoming address, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston told the audience that as patron of Workman Arts, she couldn’t be more pleased to host an evening dedicated to exploring the relationship between mental health and creativity.” Mental illness is among the most complex and pressing health issues of our time. This event is intended to raise public awareness of mental health issues and to encourage greater social acceptance of Canadians living with mental illness.”

Mrs. Johnson applauded the work of Workman Arts saying “ it has pushed the boundaries by helping thousands of aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to refine their art forms through its training programs, its public performance and exhibit opportunities, and its partnerships with other arts organizations,

"Presenting at Rideau Hall was a once in a lifetime event for the 28 artist members and staff of Workman Arts," says Workman Arts Director and founder, Lisa Brown. “This was a magnificient experience that everyone involved will treasure forever.

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