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The Upstairs Gallery
5 Sep 2022
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Call for entries
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Community & Access Arts, Visual Arts


Call for all artists to enter our Emerging Artist Award 2022 - The Joy in Art

You don’t have to look far to find things to be upset, angry or stressed about. Which is why we would like laughter, happiness, and joy to be at the centre of our emerging artists award for 2022.

For many years we have known that the creation of art has many positive benefits, increased happiness and confidence, reduced anxiety, relief from stress and a greater sense of accomplishment. More recently we have clear evidence that in engaging in artistic events has a significant positive effect on our health and wellbeing

As artists it is our role to capture experiences that can evoke emotions and start conversations with our audience. The theme of Mental Health Awareness week for 2022 is “Take time to Korero – A little chat can go a long way”

At Upstairs Gallery we seek to create an environment for artists and our community to come together and have a chat about the joy in arts.

As emerging artists, we invite you to submit up to 2 artworks (painting, sculpture, photography, jewellery, poetry etc.) and your stories about why the work brings you joy.

The types of art that bring us joy is very subjective so your work might be something that brings up happy memories, connects us to a different time and place, or simply evokes a positive emotion.

“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behaviour, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week – 26 September to 2 October 2022 visit

How to apply

For more information and registration details go to our website.

Written by

The Upstairs Gallery

23 Aug 2022

The Upstairs Gallery is a community gallery with a light and airy space and boutique shop. We promote not only our established members, but new artists fresh to the arts scene.