Art to Heart will serve to address a range of social issues through art, responding to current affairs with thought provoking essays. Topics will range from feminism, politics, climate change to mental health. It is easy to shy away from these issues because they can be intimidating, confusing, overwhelming, and despite the fact they tend to fight for equality and inclusiveness, they can often feel exclusive and inaccessible.

I hope to use art as an entrance point, a welcome way in. I have always felt I learn best with visual stimulus, so for me art is a favourite teacher. But I’m no fool. Art, in itself  isn’t going to close the gender pay gap, it isn’t going to reduce carbon emissions, improve literacy levels, end domestic violence, it isn't going to free the refugees, save the Great Barrier Reef, remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness nor will it eliminate sexism in the workplace. But I genuinely do believe that art can promote change in the world. Art has the capacity to educate, to raise awareness, to inspire, to elicit empathy. And it’s these processes that facilitate social shifts and these social shifts can achieve change. 

Each piece will begin, or be guided by, a particular artwork, providing a visual entrance point - think of it like a springboard. The thread that will unite all these artworks is that they will be produced by female artists, or people that identify as female. Females because females are great, because females are underrepresented in the art industry - because females are underrepresented across many spheres. 

I would like to explain this is a learning process for me too. There is so much I do not know, I might get things wrong, I might prove someone right. But I too am here to learn. So please teach me, challenge me and share with me. 

Celia Mallard