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16 June 2019

Picture of health: share an artwork that evokes your experience of mental health

At Deakin, we’re as committed to nurturing your health and wellbeing as we are to your study success. After all, a healthy mindset is the foundation for pretty much every other aspect of your life.

Each year, we highlight mental health awareness through our Mind Matters event and activities, and this year we’re shaking things up! We’re calling on all arty Deakin students to share any pieces that are inspired by, or reflect on, mental health and wellbeing. It may be influenced by your own mental health journey or come from caring for someone with a mental health issue.

Art can be such a fantastic form of therapy, either to deal with personal struggles or to share feelings of joy, love, stress and despair. We want to showcase the amazing creative talents of our community in a space that helps to destigmatise mental health issues and inspires positive action. 

To be part of our Mind Matters art display, all you need to do is take a photo of a piece of your own artwork, complete the below form and upload by 5pm, Wednesday 10 July. Read on for the submission form, selection criteria and artwork specifications.

Photos of all selected pieces will be displayed during our Mind Matters celebrations, which will be held throughout the week beginning Monday 22 July. It is a free cross-campus event to promote positive mental health within the Deakin community and showcase what services and support are available.

This lunchtime extravaganza will feature a variety of experiences in zoned spaces that highlight the importance of mental health and mindfulness.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event.

Selection criteria

Not all submitted entries may be included in the exhibition – a selection panel will determine the suitability of each piece. We will be using the following criteria to assess which pieces are included:

  1. How well it gives voice to living with your own mental illness or caring for someone who has a mental illness.
  2. How well it conveys the process of managing mental wellbeing.
  3. How evocative and thought-provoking it is, without being offensive or distressing to the viewer.

If your artwork meets the above criteria but the number of entries we receive means is not displayed due to space limitations, we will instead publish it on Deakin Life.

Artwork specs

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  1. Applicants can submit more than one submission, provided each entry has its own individual application form.
  2. All entries must be suitable for publication; the design must not include any defamatory, offensive or unlawful content.
  3. Entries must be entirely the applicant’s own original work and must not breach any copyright or third-party rights. Deakin will not be made liable for any non-original work submitted by the applicant.

How to submit

  1. To take part in the art display, eligible participants are required to complete the application form located on this page and to submit their artwork as outlined above.
  2. Entries close 5pm, Wednesday 10 July 2019. 

Selection of artwork

  1. Artwork will be selected by a panel of four independent people – two managers, Counselling and Psychological Support Services; Manager, Digital Presence and Communication, Division of Student Life; and Visual Arts teacher, Faculty of Arts and Education – based on the selection criteria listed above. The shortlisted artwork will be announced on 12 July 2019 and will be published on Deakin Life.
  2. Deakin’s decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into. Deakin accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected submissions or other communications. Submissions will be deemed void if forged, manipulated or tampered with in any way.
  3. By submitting their artwork, applicants who meet the selection criteria consent to their artwork being published on the Deakin Life blog or social media channels if required.
  4. Deakin reserves the right to cancel this expression of interest at any stage, or change any of the rules or procedures for any reason.
  5. Applicants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when making a submission. 

Privacy collection, use and disclosure statement

Personal information provided to Deakin University by entrants will be used to notify the winner of the competition and to publish their name in accordance with the terms and conditions of this competition.  

Deakin University complies with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic.) in its treatment of personal information. Entrants have a right to access their personal information held by the University. Requests for access to personal information are managed under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic.).

The University’s information privacy policy may be viewed at http://theguide.deakin.edu.au/ or by contacting [email protected].

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