January 2015 will mark the start of a brand new public project exploring the importance of mental health. 2020 Art Gallery, in collaboration with Dr Gillian Moore- Groarke, Consultant Psychologist, Harley Court, Wilton, Cork and irishpsychology.com, who is celebrating 25 years in practice, have devised the ‘Talking Heads’ initiative which is comprised of an art exhibition and public lecture series, that will take place throughout 2015, with the aim of bringing the conversation on mental health out into the light of everyday life, giving people the opportunity to explore, learn and talk about mental health. Over the past 25 years Dr. Moore-Groarke has seen a more open attitude towards mental health issues develop and a more multi-disciplinary approach evolve. ‘Talking Heads’ is about exploring this further and keeping the conversation going. The project is sponsored, in chief, by Affordable Luxury Furniture Stores, Cork, Midleton, Waterford.

The theme of the art exhibition is conversations on mental health, whether that’s the internal conversation you have with yourself or the conversation that occurs between individuals, groups or in society. The object of ‘Talking Heads’ is to bring the topic into the social sphere and get people talking about their own mental health, their attitudes towards it and their feelings about how it should be addressed. We would like the artwork to reflect these ideas in some way.

At this stage we are inviting artists to submit proposals for the exhibition. A shortlist, that will form the exhibition, will then be chosen by our selection committee and a bursary prize, sponsored by Dr. Gillian Moore Groarke, will be awarded to one of the artists chosen to take part.

Deadline for applications is 30 November 2014. www.2020artgtallery.com.

The lecture series which follows will be given by leaders in their fields of expertise and will cover topics such as the evolution of psychology over the 25 years, mindfulness, and stress management in every day life, how an attempted murder lead to severe and prolonged PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and the role of psychology within the legal system. All these lectures will be free and open to the public, taking place between January and November 2015. A small selection of the artworks from the exhibition will be displayed at each of the lectures also.


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