Museum Musings: Colours of Mindset at Marina Bay Link Mall
Organised by MINDSET Care Limited (a charity by the Jardine Matheson Group), Colours of Mindset is a brand new exhibition inspired by the positive effects of art therapy, aiming to explore how mental health is seen through the eyes of persons-in-recovery (PIR).
Earlier in the year, MINDSET organised a series of art jamming sessions where mental health PIRs were paired with Jardine employees to produce an artwork together. This collaboration then helped forge a strong bond between the PIR and employee, encouraging the participant to spread a message of awareness and acceptance as they fought the stigma against mental health in their social circles. A total of 136 PIRs and 110 Jardine employees were involved in the sessions, producing over 53 collaborative artworks based on the themes of Happiness, Harmony and Singapore.
To further encourage participants to continue using the therapeutic power of art to express their emotions in a safe medium, a concurrent competition was then launched, where 33 submissions were shortlisted from the pool and resulted in the public exhibition held at both Marina Bay Link Mall and Out Tampines Hub. Based off how creative, aesthetic or inspiring the story behind each artwork was, participants stand a chance to win cash prizes totalling S$3,500. These will be judged by a panel comprising MINDSET Chairman Alex Newbigging, local singer-songwriter Mavis Hee and Studio Feyre and art jamming session instructor Vera Chng. Says Vera Chng: “As a teacher and student of art, I have always felt that art provided me with solace and peace during the toughest moments of my life. Colours of MINDSET is an amazing event that taps on the creative of mental health persons-in-recovery as a place of expression.”
Beyond the exhibition, MINDSET has been actively championing positive change for mental health in Singapore since it was set up in 2011, such as having been invited as a speaker at the Singapore Mental Health Conference 2017, where the charity shared its efforts in enabling reintegration into the workforce through job skills trainings at their very own MINDSET Learning Hub. This hub, set up with a S$2 million pledge from the Jardine Matheson Group, is Singapore’s first and only job training and placement centre dedicated to providing mental health PIRs with skills, achieving 116 job placements and having trained 249 PIRs. MINDSET has also disbursed over S$3.8 million to mental health programmes and projects, while also raising over S$1.6 million through its fund-raising projects, as well as contributed over 29,000 employee volunteer hours to mental health activities and efforts over the last six years.
Members of the public are encouraged to come down to view the ongoing exhibition, find out more about the stories and inspirations behind these paintings, and even stand a chance to win prizes when they vote on their favourite one on Facebook. Through this exhibition then, MINDSET once again takes a bold step forward in bringing mental health into the public eye, and raising awareness, acceptance and highlighting the positive effects of art as therapy to counter mental health issues.