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5 May 2019 at 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
A premier screening of Connecting Us, a local film project produced by the 2019 Festival Artist, Gavin Grace (Gracey), founder of the independent Art vs Depression arts movement. This documentary explores how connecting to traditional cultural art forms can inspire, empower and engage diverse peoples and what role culture plays in our communities.
In his unique style, Gracey interviews a range of people that regularly connect to their cultural traditions, including Aboriginal and migrant performers, and asks how it feels to connect back to their ancestors.
Art vs Depression
Art Versus Depression (AVD) is a local crew of creative professionals who have been working to build a stronger resilient community in Armadale. Their mission is Building stronger and resilient communities using powerful storytelling to inspire, empower and connect’ and they have created many projects working with local governments, schools, not-for-profit community organisations, individuals and groups over the past three years. They have developed and produced, innovative, ground breaking and award winning projects, including the original Art Versus Depression Art and Sculpture Exhibition interpreting real community stories gathered from the streets of Armadale; the Resilient Friends Club and accompanying children’s book Dud, The Bear That Wasn’t Quite Perfect, in collaboration with Cooper Bears; the Shadow Games community theatre performance; the Pakiwaitara Maori Taa Moko tattoo art photography exhibition; plus short film documentaries on Maori culture and mental health. AVD is currently working on a series of RFC murals and a film project with headspace Armadale focussing on men’s mental health solutions.
The Creative Team
Gavin Grace, Producer and AVD Founder, was awarded the 2018 City of Armadale Citizen of the Year. https://www.facebook.com/AVDwa/
Mark Wagenaar, Filmmaker, is the Director of Storyfully Media and Mark Wagenaar Photography. Mark has over 30 years professional experience working in video, photography, animation and sound design. https://www.storyfully.media/ https://www.facebook.com/pg/storyfullymedia/about/?ref=page_internal