Lightbox - Nov 2017

November 2, 2017

For Immediate Release 

November 2, 2017 


Arts Commons Presents:    

Mental Health Addressed Through Experimental Artistic Installation

CALGARY – Arts Commons Presents is excited to showcase Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist Dick Averns Recognition… Validation… Reassurance…Art + Mental Wellness in the Lightbox Studio from November 3 - January 3, 2018. 

Recognition… Validation… Reassurance…  Art + Mental Wellness will be a collaboration between artist Dick Averns and SPARK Disability Arts Festival to utilize spaces in and around Arts Commons: engaging public audiences on the topic of mental wellness.  The installation hopes to address feelings of invisibility and isolation that often accompany mental distress.  

The key question being addressed in this initiative is: How do you create a framework for mental wellness?  The exhibition will also include workshop opportunities that will encourage participants to self-express through collage, drawing, and text-based art. This project is supported by the City of Calgary and Calgary Arts Development. 

Here is the Eventbrite link for the workshop on November 16th: 

November 23rd: 

The Lightbox Studio at Arts Commons is an experimental studio and exhibition space that promotes studio-based projects, running in 2-3 month intervals. 

Arts Commons Presents Visual and Media Arts 

Title:                                    Recognition… Validation… Reassurance… Art + Mental Wellness

by Dick Averns

Location:                            Lightbox Studio at Arts Commons (Beside Martha Cohen Theatre)

Date:                                   November 3 - January 3, 2018

Artist Reception:              Artist reception at Happenings #10 on the Mezzanine Level of Arts

Commons on Monday, November 27 from 6-9 pm            


Please see attached for artist biography.



For media inquiries or more information contact:

Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager




Artist Biographies


Dick Averns is a Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist, writer and U of C Art Instructor. He is particularly engaged with art as a social practice involving community members. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in adulthood, Dick is an advocate for improving community mental wellness through art, teaching, and volunteering.


Originally from the UK, Dick has an MFA from UBC and has exhibited and presented his art and research internationally, including being deployed to The Middle East as an official Canadian War Artist. When not teaching, writing, or making art Dick likes like to run, cross-country ski, and grow food in his back yard.



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