We are proud to be partnering with local artist, Craig Taylor for a pop-up art display in Cafe Abuzz during National Mental Health Week. The event aims to raise awareness of mental illness, reduce stigma and stamp out common misconceptions about mental illness.
Date // Tue 1 until Fri 11 Oct 2019
Time // Mon-Fri | 7:30am-2:00pm
Venue // Cafe Abuzz located at Baillie Henderson Hospital
On display will be approximately half a dozen artworks. From the African wildlife in Craig's hometown to the exquisite roses he used to grow and export to Europe, the display tells a powerful and inspiring story underpinned by determination and creativity.
Most of the artwork on display will be for sale, with Craig receiving 100% of the sale price. Any sales will fund art supplies so he can continue to paint.
One piece will be raffled by Ability Enterprises, with tickets costing only $2 each or three for $5. They can be purchased during the pop-up art display from Cafe Abuzz.
About the artist // Craig Taylor
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Craig’s artwork is heavily influenced by his lived experience. From the African wildlife in his community to the exquisite roses he grew and exported to Europe, Craig says he loves to paint what he knows.
Predominantly a self-taught artist, Craig enjoys painting using realism and abstract styles. The process of painting is a therapeutic one and Craig says he feels a range of emotions – from relaxed to more intense feelings.
Before moving to Australia in 2005, Craig was a victim of assault and his severe injuries left him hospitalised for several months. Following his relocation, Craig was diagnosed with mental illness.
Today, Craig lives in Toowoomba painting in his spare time and working part-time for Ability Enterprises. Although he still loves to paint what he has experienced in the past, he also produces commissioned portraits of people and pets. He says that it’s the appreciation of his work that drives his momentum to keep painting.