“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but is one who inspires others.”
One of the most beautiful things in life is when humanity gathers together to do something amazing. Such in the case of Golden the Exhibition. A night of collaboration, creativity, vision and gathering for a cause, it was a night that saw makers and creators band together to support Headspace, an organisation that cares for youth mental health. Having personally had friends who have been effected with mental health issues, we know how important it is to support those who are going through such a journey.
And that’s what Golden did. With art on the walls available for purchase and artists creating live pieces on the night, all proceeds from any of the sales went to Headspace. Not only backing their work, but also giving the public the chance to discuss mental illness and to show their support for those effected by it.
We got the chance to speak to the organiser of the event, the wonderful typographer, illustrator and all round lovely person; Kate Pullen.
1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a sagittarius who can’t drink caffeine, enjoys movies with incredibly bad special effects, and who has developed a worrying love of gardening.
2) Your lettering has quite become a signature feature, what is it about lettering you love the most?
I didn’t fully realise this until recently but I think, for me, the attraction to lettering has been more about storytelling than anything else. As a kid I was a really big reader and there’s nothing quite like getting completely lost in someone else’s adventure. So much so that it begins to feel like your own.
3) Golden was an amazing event what was the motivation behind holding such an event? And where does the name “Golden” derive from?
Thank you! It was incredibly overwhelming to see so many people there on the night, in the best way possible. I had wanted to be part of something like Golden for quite a while; I wanted the opportunity to work on something bigger than myself, involve myself in the community, and raise awareness for an issue I am incredibly passionate about. The idea of ‘Golden’ was centred around peeling back layers, and acknowledging that we often only see a small part of each person.
4) Your passion for headspace and mental health is inspiring, where does your passion come from?
Unfortunately, mental health affects a staggering amount of people. Even if you yourself haven’t experienced it directly, it is quite likely that you have watched as a friend, colleague or family member has struggled. However, despite the alarming stats out there, I believe there continues to be a stigma around mental ill-health, and this is something we all need to continually work on. Mental wellbeing, and health in general, is paramount and I think continuing to talk about it openly, and support those organisations which provide help to those in need, is incredibly important.
5) Why do you think mental health is important in the arts?
I think mental health is important in all areas, and that includes the arts. One thing that does bother me about creativity and mental health is the continued glorification of ‘the tortured artist’; that, somehow, great work is only born out of periods of great pain. Don’t get me wrong, I believe everything we experience informs our work – and that includes struggles of course – but it isn’t a prerequisite to creating more meaningful pieces, and we should be encouraged to look after ourselves.
6) Finally what responsibility do you think artists/artisans have in supporting charities or movements?
I can only speak for myself and for me, I wanted to be able to use the skills that I have to help others; I’m not a social worker or a psychologist, but perhaps I could use the tools I have to help them in their work.
Thanks to Kate and to all the incredible artists who donated work on the night! We’re amazed when we see people caring for others. The impact you have goes beyond what you know or could ever believe.
For more information on Headspace or to find out how you can support youth mental health please visit the Headspace website