How Art Works: A visual journey with Gregory Minissale

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Posted 30 October, 2023

Professor Gregory Minissale, from the art history department, University of Auckland

What is art? Why do we make it and what effect does art have on our well-being?

Professor Gregory Minissale from the University of Auckland’s art history department will be exploring these questions and more in Queenstown on Saturday 4 November.

If, as UK research suggests, more people visit more art galleries than attend football matches there must be something about the encounter with art that transforms our minds and emotions and keeps us coming back for more. But what is that?

In a wide ranging visual journey Gregory Minissale will draw links between the world of the arts and the sciences of the mind in a sharp and surprising breakdown of the inner-workings of the human experience of art.

His talk will delve into how art invites us to experience culture and history through the senses, evoking empathy, passion, and contemplation in those who view it. Minissale will also unpack the surprising ways we experience art and the intriguing process that sees heightened perception and sensory experiences offer positive effects to creativity and mental health.

Gregory MInissale’s free talk and visit to Queenstown is presented by Curious. Instigated by Starkwhite Queenstown director Kelly Carmichael in 2022, Curious is a platform that sets out to bring intriguing people and events with a contemporary art focus to the Queenstown-Lakes region. This event is supported by Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group and Mountain Club.

What: How Art Works
When: 1pm, Saturday 4 November 2023
Where: Mountain Club, 85 Beach Street, Queenstown.
FREE and open to all. No RSVP required.

Enquires: Kelly Carmichael 0211 566 503 /


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