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BU fine arts students, theatre club team up for exhibition on mental health

The Brandon Sun - 2/3/2018

Members of the Brandon University Department of Visual and Aboriginal Art and the BU Theatre Club are teaming up to launch a new exhibition at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Fine Art.

Coinciding with Brandon University Students' Union Mental Health Week, the exhibition is titled "Drawing the Truth, Erasing Stigma: Understanding Mental Health." The exhibition features student artworks that deal with issues surrounding mental health.

Melanie Barnett, chair of the Brandon University Fine Arts Student Association, said the subject matter should make this exhibition particularly meaningful for both the artists and those who visit the Gallery.

"In addition to BUFASA's goal of creating opportunities to promote student work in a gallery setting, we hope that with this show will open up the conversation between students and the community, being a part of Brandon University Students' Union's Mental Health Week," Barnett said.

"Our intention for the show is to promote a discussion about maintaining good mental health. As students, we see the necessity of having the conversation about mental health."

Rebecca Driedger, with the BU Theatre Club, said part of the goal is to engage and collaborate between departments and clubs at the university.

"Brandon University theatre students and fine arts students have not collaborated in the past, and we thought that this would be a great opportunity for both to be involved," she said

"We also wanted to offer those who attend the opening a chance to not only view artwork, but to be engaged in the space."

The exhibition will remain open until Feb. 17. Hours at the Sutherland Gallery, located at 2021 Victoria Ave., are from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

ยป The Brandon Sun

 
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