STILL STANDING 2022
AN EXHIBITION FOR YARRA RANGES ARTISTS (& beyond)
STILL STANDING - 2021 Exhibition -
Kapi Art Space 4-13th March.
Thanks to the Yarra Ranges Council for their generous support of this event
Exhibition was open from: 4th - 13th March at Kapi Art Space, Kalorama
Opening Celebration: Sunday 6th March - 2pm
Theatre Performance: Sunday 6th March -3pm
This event was run by Kapi Art Inc. and in partnership with the Yarra Ranges Council.
Kapi Art Space Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in the Yarra Ranges encouraging supportive and inclusive arts-based activities and events. Its focus is on building resilience, capacity, and wellbeing in individuals & communities through education, connection, and creativity.
STILL STANDING 2022 is an art exhibition featuring artists in the Yarra Ranges region who use arts and creativity to facilitate the journey through management and recovery of their mental health and wellbeing. It follows the widely noted Endure Exhibition for Women held at Kapi Art Space in 2019 and Endure e-merge on-line exhibition in 2020.
As we still linger in the pandemic restrictions and lockdowns, and we rebuild and recover from the devastating storm that so deeply affected our beautiful Community, this exhibition will undoubtedly speak to and bear the marks of this unique historical moment in our lives, as the testimony and legacy of the work of the people that, despite the challenge, still stand tall, create and overcome.
No matter if art is a hobby, or the manifestation of a dream or aspiration, or is a job; no matter in which form, but art has always been an instrument to express our more intimate and true self; a way to decompress and unburden our soul and heart; a way to cope with the anxiety of life, even more in this particular moment in time; it may tell of things that we have lost or may lose, or it may speak of hopes for the future to come.
The creative and artistic works showcased in this exhibition will play a significant role for both artists and audience; it will make them share a common connection with the experience of lockdown and devastation, we do still stand in this together, everyone in our own way, but we are all connected.
The exhibition was officially launched on Sunday 6th of March and will be ran from Sunday 13th of March.
We invited artists, writers, musicians, and performers who live, work or play in the Yarra Ranges area to share and submit the artworks they have created, we had over 50 pieces of art and around 35 artists participating for 2022.
Participating artists had a fantastic opportunity to both expose new or existing work to a supportive local community and the broader online community and gallery visitors, as well as giving voice and validation to experiences of mental health illness and recovery; reducing the social stigma attached to those experiences.