The award-winning Men with Heart Exhibition, which uses striking imagery to explore men and masculinity at Tasmen gatherings, is on the move to the mainland. Hopefully.
Tasmen team member Anthony Burrows and photographer Paul Hoelen are raising funds to take the exhibition across Bass Strait for a showing at the Head On Sydney Exhibition in Darlinghurst from 29 April until 7 May.
NewMen (NSW Men’s Health and Wellbeing Association), is supporting the Tasmen crew and covering the cost of the exhibition, but the organisers need $4000 to cover all costs and have set a ‘make or break target of $2000’ by 21 March.
The money will pay for moving photos and supporting material from Hobart to Sydney, suitable packaging and airfares for the Tasmen crew.
So far, $1450 has been raised according to the crowd-sourcing site GoFund Me
Men with Heart topped the AMHF Tasmania Men’s Health Awards in 2019.
The interactive exhibition depicts men engaging with both themselves and others on a deeply intimate and powerful level.
“There’s a certain quality of open-heartedness, courage, vulnerability and even love that shines through some of these moments,” says photographer Hoelen.
“Collectively they have the power to touch and inspire others into recognising the great capacity for men to relate in this way.”
The organisers say Men with Heart focuses on the road men can travel to develop the best in themselves, expressed though word, action and “through their heart.”
Each photo is accompanied by a sharing from the men in the photos and people who view the exhibition are encouraged to contribute thoughts on a “talking string” that accompanies each photo.
The installation celebrates 21 years of work by the community organisation Tasmen, the impactful Tasmanian Men’s Health and Wellbeing Association
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