'O Happy Day!' Postcards for Happiness
Launch Exhibition at Cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre
5pm Tuesday April 4
O HAPPY DAY! Postcards for Happiness is a national art competition held to support depressioNet, a web based 24 hour help & information service for people suffering from depression.
Six winning entries were chosen from over 100 illustrations submitted by artists & designers across Australia. The winning illustrations will be printed into a six-pack of postcards and distributed nationally.
These illustrations and a further 20 have also been selected for inclusion in a national touring exhibition.
Entries came from high profile illustrators and artists. Art and design students, primary and high school groups undertook the project as a class exercises.
Artists were invited to illustrate the gesture of reaching out to another person to brighten their day; For example, giving a present for no reason, or saying hello to your neighbour.
Project organiser and artist Jacqueline Gwynne, who has been through depression herself, said that the philosophy behind the artists' brief was the idea that a small act of kindness can potentially save their life.
The sale of the post cards will go towards funding for the depressionNet website, which allows people suffering from depression to log in 24 hours a day to chat with others about how they are feeling.
Ms Gwynne said that she and other organisers were planning to make the competition and national tour and annual event.
“We hope that it will become an Australian institution, along the lines of Red Nose Day & Bandanna Day.”
The official launch of “O Happy Day!” Postcards for Happiness is at Cube 37, Frankston Art Centre, 5pm, Tuesday April 4.
Postcard sets are available for $6 (plus postage), from www.depressioNet.com.au, to raise awareness & much-needed funds for the future development of depressioNet. Email-able postcards will also be available from the site. For more information or to make a donation please contact Jacqueline Gwynne on 0418-273-880
|Featured winning artists are Ju-Yuen Chew, Raewyn Haughton, Nicole Collis & Benjamin Johnson|