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Help SCAPE share the joy of public art with Hillmorton Hospital!

Seung Yul Oh's Conduct Cumulus
Through a Boosted Ōtautahi campaign, SCAPE Public Art is aiming to fundraise $6,000 for the delivery of a joyful sculpture and education programme for Hillmorton Hospital.

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Bold, bright and brilliantly yellow, SCAPE Public Art is on a mission to permanently move Seung Yul Oh’s delightful Conduct Cumulus sculpture to the Hillmorton Hospital Grounds – but needs your help!

Coupled with the delivery of an outreach Art, Learning and Wellbeing programme, SCAPE is fundraising to bring the joy of art to the patients, staff and whānau of Hillmorton Hospital.

With people describing the artwork as making them feel ‘calm’, ‘creative’ ‘happy’ and ‘inspired’, SCAPE’S Executive Director, Deborah McCormick, cannot think of a more deserving home for this joyful sculpture, originally commissioned by SCAPE and funded through a private trust as part of its 2017 Public Art Season.

“We believe that the presence of the Conduct Cumulus artwork and the delivery of our accessible art education programme on-site at Hillmorton Hospital will promote well-being and connection,” she says. “When you hear a young person using phrases like ‘I feel brilliant when I make art’, that’s a powerful assertion of value.”

Through a Boosted Ōtautahi campaign in collaboration with The Arts Foundation, SCAPE is aiming to fundraise $6,000 for the delivery of this sculpture and education programme.  

“What’s special about this campaign is that for every dollar you donate, the Rātā Foundation will match it, up to $3,000!” McCormick explains. “The catch is, if we don’t make our $6,000 target, all funds will be refunded to the donors, and we won’t receive anything. We need our community to get behind SCAPE and back our boost!”

Greg Hamilton, the General Manager of Specialist Mental Health Services for Canterbury DHB with an oversight for Hillmorton Hospital, is delighted to support SCAPE’s proposal.

With recent news highlighting the need for more mental health services in Aotearoa, SCAPE believes it is vital to fund art projects for our communities, opening conversations about mental health in Aotearoa – and how creative partnerships can help. According to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, a quarter of our population currently have poor levels of mental and emotional wellbeing, a statistic SCAPE are hoping to address through this campaign.  

In their 2019 study, the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Office for Disability Issues and Arts Access Aotearoa found that creative spaces brought about a 100% increase in social interaction, confidence, wellbeing and a sense of belonging for participants of art education.  

“Creative spaces are vital for the mental health of our community, which is why we’re so thrilled to be partnering with Hillmorton Hospital to deliver this amazing kaupapa,” says McCormick.

With 15 days remaining and just over $3,000 left to raise, SCAPE is halfway to its $6,000 goal, but needs your support to share the joy of art with Hillmorton Hospital.

You can learn more and donate here. Ka tipu te whaihanga – creativity will strengthen.

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About the artist

Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1981, Seung Yul Oh moved to Aotearoa 24 years ago and completed an MFA at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts. Well-known for his whimsical art works, he redefines and challenges ordinary objects and spaces in ways that are both light-hearted and serious. He is now permanently based in New Zealand and continues to show internationally.

About SCAPE Public Art

SCAPE Public Art installs public art in Christchurch all year round, with a focus on the annual public art festival Seasons. SCAPE is the Christchurch expert in the installation of public art, and the SCAPE Public Art Seasons are New Zealand's premier public art events. Our Seasons provide an opportunity to focus on the introduction of new artworks, while maintaining focus on the impressive base of legacy pieces. scapepublicart.org.nz

For media comment please contact:

Carolyne Grant
Philanthropy & Communications Manager
SCAPE Public Art
Tel: +64 (0)3 365 7990
Mobile: +64 (0)21 660 715
Email: carolyne@scapepublicart.org.nz

Deborah McCormick
Executive Director
SCAPE Public Art
Tel: +64 (0)3 365 7990
Mobile: +64 (0)27 280 9557
Email: deborah@scapepublicart.org.nz

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SCAPE Public Art

17 Jun 2021

Interests SCAPE Public Art install large scale, free-to-view contemporary public art in Christchurch city.