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Art Almanac - - NEWS - the­bi­ganx­i­ Ab­dul-Rah­man Ab­dul­lah, Prac­ti­cal Magic, 2016, stained wood, ny­lon rope Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FAN­TASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Mel­bourne

Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional artists, sci­en­tists and tech­nol­ogy ex­perts will join forces to reimag­ine the state of men­tal health in the 21st cen­tury from 20 Septem­ber to 11 Novem­ber for the ‘The Big Anx­i­ety’, an ini­tia­tive of the Univer­sity of New South Wales (UNSW) in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Black Dog In­sti­tute. Sixty events across Syd­ney will stage a range of me­dia and ex­pe­ri­ences from ex­hi­bi­tions to the­atre and the art of con­ver­sa­tion in an ef­fort to cre­ate mean­ing­ful en­coun­ters that in­crease cu­rios­ity and em­pa­thy, de­crease stigma, sup­port neuro-di­ver­sity and pro­mote psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional well-be­ing in our so­ci­ety.

A num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions will be held across Syd­ney, we en­cour­age you to check the fes­ti­val’s com­pre­hen­sive web­site for more de­tail. ‘We Are All Af­fected’ is an ex­hi­bi­tion co-cu­rated by Khaled Sab­sabi and Nur Shkembi on view at Fair­field City Mu­seum and Gallery and Pea­cock Gallery from 21 Septem­ber, which aims to chal­lenge and re­flect on the neg­a­tively framed pub­lic dis­cus­sions about Aus­tralian Mus­lims. At the Ja­pan Foun­da­tion ‘Hold­ing a Deep Breath’ ex­plores cli­mate change and eco-anx­i­ety with work from Ko­suke Tsumura, Hiromi Tango, Ken and Ju­lia Yone­tani, Emily Par­sons-Lord, and Yumi Umi­u­mare.

Sixty-five per cent of Aus­tralians with a men­tal health con­di­tion don’t seek help. As such the ‘The Big Anx­i­ety’ hopes to en­gage au­di­ences with a huge range of ac­tiv­i­ties, shows and per­for­mances. Hubs for events will be lo­cated at Cus­toms House, River­side Theatres Par­ra­matta, UNSW Art & De­sign, Padding­ton, 4a Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Asian Art and other gal­leries across Syd­ney.

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