On Tuesday the 10th of September, Robina Town Centre introduced the Gold Coast community to an inspiring new dimension to the perception of mental health with the official launch of the Collective Minds Photography Exhibition.
The Collective Minds exhibition hosts pieces from twenty-one selected photographers and is 'a series of works from renowned and emerging local photographers, depicting mental health through their own lens in the aim to support LIVIN's vital work and ignite the conversations surrounding mental health.'
The launch evening was attended by over a hundred invited guests including some of the incredible photographers that have contributed their amazing images for the exhibition which will be sold in an online silent auction as a fundraiser for the LIVIN Charity.
"Mental illness looks completely different to each and every person and to see the descriptions next to each one of these wonderful photos showing what the artistic representation from the artist is about what mental health means to them, is just amazing." Said Co-Founder Casey Lyons. "And all of these descriptions joined together can go a long way to break the stigmas surrounding mental health and we are so grateful to the team at Robina Town Centre and all those involved in bringing this exhibition together."
Marketing Manager of Robina Town Centre, Ashlee Hume created the concept of the exhibition and was overwhelmed with the response from the photographers and businesses that contributed in making the space the inspiring place that it is, "With Robina Town Centre being such a place of mass social gathering, we understand our purpose within the community is not solely transactional, but emotional, with the centre often acting as an escape, a refuge from reality, and a place of hope or inspiration." Said Ashlee. "Art can inspired us to look at things differently and we hope, thought this special collaboration with LIVIN, we will challenge attitudes and shake up preconceptions around mental illness in our community."
This incredible photography exhibition officially opens today at Robina Town Centre to coincide with R U OK? Day and will run until the end of Mental Health Week which concludes on the 13th of October with the opportunity to own one of these inspiring original pieces through the silent online auction. The exhibition will finish with the announcement of the winners of the online auction when it closes midnight on Sunday the 13th of October.
If you are in South East Queensland, we encourage you to make the trip to Robina Town Centre and immerse yourself in this motivational initiative whether you are interested in supporting the exhibition through bidding for a piece or just simply popping in to have a look, we are looking forward to sharing this unique experience with you.
A huge thank you to the amazing photographers, Matt Mc Kinnon, NMedia, Zoo Creative, Plump & Spry and all of the other incredible businesses and individuals that came on board to support the initiative. A special shout out to the absolutely incredible team at Robina Town Centre and to all of those that joined and will be joining us in the weeks to come to support this inspiring event.
For more information on the pieces being showcased and auction - and/or to make a bid, click here.
For more images of our amazing opening night, check out our LIVIN Facebook Page.
We will also be hosting our first ever LIVIN merchandise store within the exhibition space which opens on September 12th, click here for store trading hours.