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Art Chemist

NZ

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Art Chemist

Presented by Audrey Baldwin

Free entry

Presented by Audrey Baldwin

Free entry

Did you know you can get arts on prescription? To look at a painting, read some poetry, or immerse yourself in a performance may be exactly what the doctor ordered! Visit the Art Chemist for a one on one consultation, offering creative means to soothe what ails you.

Art Chemist is an interactive performance and installation that operates as a space somewhere between an apothecary, therapist’s office and arts’ directory offering unique prescriptions and creative cure-alls. This site responsive draws on international studies which support the benefit of ‘arts on prescription’ for improving mental wellbeing as well as a desire to support and showcase local arts communities.

Each installation and the following one-on-one consultations are responsive both to the location and individual. A local 'art directory' is built up and used to create prescriptions for each person that takes part. The work is gentle and earnest with a touch of the familiar yet absurd; it offers a chance to connect, reflect and see the city through new eyes.

Art Chemist will occur across each weekend of the Festival and at pop up sites, locations TBC

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  • Art Chemist was first devised for an empty space in Christchurch's central city in 2021. Since then it has been a headline event at The Performance Arcade 2022, hosted by Te Atamira in Queenstown and popped up in other locations around Ōtautahi. The work was also shown in the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards (ZAFAA) at Ashburton Art Gallery where Audrey was announced as the 2022 ZAFAA Premier Award winner. Most recently, Art Chemist was part of the Nelson Arts Festival.

Awards

  • ZONTA Female Art Award 2022

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