Fine Arts students, BU Theatre Club collaborate for exhibition on mental health

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BRANDON – Members of the Brandon University (BU) 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.

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Members of the Brandon University Fine Arts Student Association, from left to right: Robyn Trenaman, Melanie Barnett, Darby Yakiwchuk, Rebecca Driedger, Victoria Seymour. Not pictured is Samantha Fortier.

Coinciding with Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU) 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 (BUFASA) says that 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 Student Union’s Mental Health Week,” said BUFASA Chair Melanie Barnett.

“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.”

The opening reception, which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., will feature dramatic monologues throughout the evening.

Four students sit on a couch in front of a brick wall.
Members of the Brandon University Theatre Club, from left to right: Rebecca Driedger, Katie Brooks, Aurora Ouzts and Dakota Johnston. Not pictured is Jenna Bullee.

“Part of the goal of this show was to try and engage collaboration between departments and clubs,” said Rebecca Driedger of the BU Theatre Club. “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. We also wanted to offer those who attend the opening a chance to not only view artwork, but to be engaged in the space.”

Monologues at the opening reception will take place at 7:30, 7:50, 8:10 and 8:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain open until February 17. Hours at the Sutherland Gallery, located at 2021 Victoria Ave., are from 2 – 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 2 – 8 p.m. on Thursdays.


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