Great art will make you stop and think, but it will also entertain.
That ideal was never more apparent than in Launceston this weekend.
While the region’s premiere art festival, Junction, wrapped up its four-day extravanganza in Prince’s Square, another art project was brewing.
Tiny doors were found attached to some of Launceston’s buildings in the CBD.
The elaborately designed front doors, some of which even had street numbers, were simply attached without any maker’s mark.
They are not, as many people assumed, to be part of Junction, or a marketing or advertising ploy.
Junction is a celebration of the great artists Northern Tasmania has to offer and is an eclectic shout from the roof tops.
The tiny doors, also make a statement – but one of a different kind.
The artistry in the doors is to be admired and it is a statement that art must be supported.
But it also shows that art in itself can be celebrated, even if the artist remains a mystery.
There has been a lot of focus this year on STEM subjects at school, with jobs from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors growing in importance around the state and the country.
However, we should not overlook the importance of art and creative pursuits.
Literacy, music, theatre and visual art all play an incredibly important role in shaping the minds of young people and adults.
Art and creative pursuits are how we express ourselves and how we make sense of the world around us.
They also provide an emotional outlet for many people, to help deal with depression and anxiety.
Riverside writer Monissa Whitely, who was recently shortlisted for a national literary prize, says she writes fiction because it helps her cope with her depression.
Art should be celebrated in all of its forms, whether it’s a tiny door that may take you down a rabbit hole, or a loud shiny disco ball like Junction Arts Festival.