Our annual art exhibition Art with Heart, which will take place on the 24th of October, is now open for entries from the design community.
This year’s theme is ‘True’ in recognition of our selected charity StartOut, a local health promotion charity providing regional outreach and mentorship programmes for young people of diverse sexuality and gender (DSG).
DSG (also known as LGBTI+) people in our communities are among the most impacted by poor mental health and have the highest rates of suicidality of any population in Australia 1.
Since Art with Heart began in 2002, Truly Deeply has raised nearly $360,000 for local charities. Using our creative talents to raise much needed funds for local charities, our South Melbourne studio transforms into a one night only art exhibition. Artists are provided a theme based on the charity and fundraising goal for each Art with Heart show.
Through funds raised, StartOut will be able to pay for the training of 100 additional mentors to support up to 300 vulnerable young people where there is need for its services is greatest, especially in regional and rural Australia.
A StartOut online role model is someone to talk to who has been there before and can help navigate the tricky stuff. It’s 100% free, online and always confidential, so people can be free to be themselves.
Hear from some of them in this video:
StartOut launched its first support service in 2017 during the same sex marriage plebiscite. Using tech to support young Australians of Diverse Sexuality and Gender, StartOut has developed a unique online mentoring program purely from private donations that provides real role models and mentors to help young DSG reach their potential while reducing the preventable burden of poor mental health.
The service, fully run by volunteers, provides support to those who might otherwise feel they have no one in the world they can talk to.
To help us achieve our goal of 100 additional mentors for Start Out, please get in touch with us at [email protected] to contribute as an artist, as a donor for the Silent Auction or Mystery Envelopes or as our guest.
Alex St Claire
Art with Heart Event Manager