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Why Art Matters - Panel Discussion - Health & Wellbeing | Have Art, Be Happy

The Pah Homestead TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland

Tickets are $25 adults and $20 students/seniors
09 639 2010

In collaboration with Pah Homestead, this evening will explore what effect art making and art viewing can have on your wellbeing. When we engage in creative play or carefully observe an artwork, are we also creating an opportunity for a transformative experience?

About the Speakers:

Andrew Young
Andrew has been a leader in the healthcare sector for almost 20 years and firmly believes in the healing power of art in hospitals. As the former CEO of the Starship Foundation and the current CEO of the Well Foundation, the official charity of the Waitemata DHB, Andrew’s role embraces high-level fundraising to enhance the whole patient experience. This can range from small items like sleep packs for patients, through to state-of-the-art equipment, through to a well thought out art collection that comforts, inspires, stimulates and heals patients, families and staff.

Jimmy James Kouratoras
Jimmy has always worked with his hands. Descended from a long line of artisans, his Cretan and Māori heritage are woven together by surf, skateboards and graffiti. Since 2012 Jimmy, an entirely self-taught artist, has focused exclusively on developing his own craft. Jimmy has held solo exhibitions in Auckland, Los Angeles, New York, Brisbane, Melbourne and Queenstown. He won the People’s Choice Award at the Brisbane Contemporary Art Prize (2016) and was shortlisted for the National Contemporary Art Award (2017).

Diana McPherson
Diana comes from a business background and has worked as CFO for a multinational organisation. Diana is Director of Māpura Studios, a growing charitable creative space working with people with diverse needs. Diana’s main goals for Māpura Studios are focused on the health and wellbeing of their artists. Diana is a fierce advocate for the acceptance of disabled artists in mainstream society, building self-confidence and personal growth and giving purpose and meaning to those who have little in their lives.

Professor Suzanne Purdy
Professor Suzanne Purdy is Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland and Principal Investigator in the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and the Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence. Her academic background is in psychology, speech science and audiology and she has research interests in communication disorders, auditory processing, hearing and neurological conditions. Her current research activities include investigations of choral singing and dance for people with neurological conditions and assessment and training of sensory function in adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Earlier Event: 7 August
Transitions Expo
Later Event: 29 September
Pah Homestead Community Day