HEALING ARTS INITIATIVE
in partnership with Christie's
Magnetism Installation on view at Ahmed Mater solo exhibition: Mitochondria: Powerhouses, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, 2017
The Healing Arts Initiative is a cultural call to action incorporating a series of auctions through December 2021 alongside a program of educational events covering urgent thematic areas of mental, societal and environmental health, each through the lens of the supportive power of the arts.
Alongside the unprecedented physical impact of COVID-19, the WHO is warning of a ‘mirror pandemic’ with many countries reporting an escalation of mental health cases resulting from isolation, income reduction, fear of infection and bereavement. It is estimated that over one million people died by suicide in 2020, three million by alcohol related deaths and hundreds of millions have suffered from deepening depression and other mental disorders. Against this backdrop, the arts have emerged as an essential part of our mental wellbeing, with a growing body of evidence that they bring consolation and healing to people suffering in the mind.