Art Chemist: Prescriptions and creative cure-alls

Performing Arts + Theatre

Art Chemist: Prescriptions and creative cure-alls
May 28, 2022


May 29, 2022

Audiences are invited into the Art Chemist for a ‘consultation’ where they will be prescribed paintings, sculptures or creative undertakings to soothe their ailments – be they physical, emotional or existential. Saturday 28 May - Sunday 29 May, 10am-4pm.

Devised by performer and conceptual artist Audrey Baldwin, Art Chemist operates as a space somewhere between an apothecary, therapist’s office and arts’ directory. From prescriptions for paintings and poetry to over-the-counter doses of sculpture or scores, Art Chemist offers creative means with which to tackle the woes, gripes and agonies of everyday life.

The custom-designed clinic will be open for drop-in appointments at Te Atamira on Saturday and Sunday, 28-29 May, between 10am and 4pm. FREE - All welcome!

This free, interactive artwork 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 the vibrant arts communities in the Whakatipu Basin.

Art Chemist was first devised for an empty space in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square in 2021 and has recently returned from a busy eight-day run at The Performance Arcade 2022 – a live art festival on Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Wellington’s waterfront. The work was shown in the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards (ZAFAA) at Ashburton Art Gallery where Audrey was announced as the 2022 ZAFAA Premier Award winner.

Audrey Baldwin is an artist, curator and event producer based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She has a keen interest in engaging the public, connecting people and strengthening communities through contemporary art and interactive performance. In 2020 she produced Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga which resulted in a large-scale public installation as well as a nationwide digital billboard campaign featuring a collaborative work made by 60 artists from around Aotearoa.
In 2019, her work Touchstones brought 400 collaborators onboard to create a temporary sculpture as part of Scape Public Art in Ōtautahi. She has been curator and producer for First Thursdays Chch, The Social Artist Collective and numerous solo undertakings. Audrey is currently public programme coordinator at The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space, and community projects coordinator at WORD Christchurch.

Images: Audrey Baldwin, Art Chemist Ōtautahi, May 2020. Photo: Janneth Gil. Courtesy of the artist.

This performance of Art Chemist is supported by the Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme (CLASS) and Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group.

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