'Back To The Future' for Youth Mental Health

In a remarkable display of artistic talent and philanthropy, renowned artist Mitch Revs joined forces with Newcastle-based fashion and music store, Abicus, and Byron Bay's own Thrills fashion label.
Their shared mission was to raise awareness and critical funds for youth mental health services provided by Headspace.
Through their collaborative effort, they curated a unique art exhibition called 'Back To The Future,' featuring the creative works of 16 Australian artists showcased on 16 denim jackets.

The collaboration between Abicus and Thrills brought together the creative energies of talented individuals from two magical coastal towns, Newcastle and Byron Bay. Eight artists from each town crafted unique artworks specifically designed for the back panel of a classic Thrills denim jacket. These wearable canvases became an expression of art and advocacy, symbolising the collective commitment to youth mental health.

Starting from November 18th 2016, an online silent auction commenced, offering an exclusive opportunity to acquire one of these extraordinary jackets. The bidding process was open to the public, allowing anyone to participate and contribute towards the cause. The silent auction presented a chance for art enthusiasts and advocates of mental health to secure a one-of-a-kind jacket while supporting Headspace's valuable work. Importantly, 100% of the proceeds from the auction were dedicated to Headspace.

The 'Back To The Future' exhibition debuted at Abicus Newcastle on Thursday, November 24th, from 5 pm to 8 pm.
This vibrant event celebrated the power of art and community engagement in raising awareness for mental health.
Visitors had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the remarkable collection of jackets adorned with captivating artwork, each telling a unique story. The exhibition continued beyond the launch event, running until Sunday, December 11th, at 9 pm, allowing more individuals to appreciate the artworks and contribute to the cause.
Headspace is a vital early intervention health service specifically catering to individuals aged 12 to 25 years.
By providing free mental health services, drug and alcohol support, and social and vocational assistance, Headspace aims to minimize the impact of mental health issues on young people. The organisation's focus on early intervention highlights the importance of addressing mental health concerns promptly, ensuring young individuals can thrive and engage positively with their communities.
The funds raised through the 'Back To The Future' silent auction were designated for suicide prevention programs and creative workshops at Headspace Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. By contributing to these initiatives, supporters were actively assisting in breaking down barriers and providing essential mental health resources to the local youth.
Every bid and every purchase made a significant difference in the lives of young people who deserved a chance to flourish.
November 25, 2016 — MRG

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