This is a Border (Town)

10. 10. 2016

Heavy Metal Mettle



Here we are again in Bordertown, Its “World Mental Health Day’ Do you feel better having another”day” to embrace whatever…it takes everyday to make a difference. The worlds Mental Health is at a weird Ebb thanks Donald thanks Putin
The windmill project with the Gentlemen of the Tatiara Mens Shed is gaining momentum with installation later this week. The theme and intent is to put Mens Rural Suicide into the Spotlight, yeah I said Suicide…..but we don’t talk about that. the paper wrote that he died “Suddenly at home” , A Border a Taboo,if we openly talked about the tricky stuff lives could well be kept.
Symptoms are varied ,confusion, erratic thoughts and behaviour, Addiction, A feeling of hopelessness ,money stress including banks ,failed crops, Relationship Breakdown,physical illness etc

Talk to your mates ,Face to Face not Facebook to Facebook
Look for the Signs that things are not right and act

We Could be Heroes

Mark de Nys

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Artist Residency


James Dodd, Mark de Nys, Malcolm McKinnon



About the Artist

Malcolm McKinnon

Malcolm McKinnon is an Australian artist and filmmaker working mainly in rural communities. Over the past 25 years, his work has encompassed oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects, critical writing and exhibitions. His current practice is mainly focused around documentary filmmaking and social history, motivated by an appreciation of living memory and local vernacular.

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James Dodd

James Dodd is an artist who has a strong interest in public space and often works on mural scale and community oriented outcomes. He has a multi-faceted visual arts practice that embraces a range of painting and sculptural approaches. He exhibits regularly across Australia and has had his work collected by major institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia. Dodd is an educator at Adelaide Central School of Art and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

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About the Artist

Mark de Nys

Mark de Nys is a Limestone Coast based Visual Artist ,Educator and Musician,with a background in Engineering and Design, he has worked on large scale public artwork throughout Australia, taking energy from things never before made, re-inventing and re imagining always questioning, Why? This is a Border(town) offers the rare chance to engage with local Blokes via the Men's Shed along with industry and council members, the outcome is organic and fluid embracing Men's mental health, there may be Windmills! Hope to see you on the Journey.

Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.