Manning “Brushes With Life” Mental Health Art Exhibition Returns

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Mental Health Month will be celebrated in the Manning with RichmondPRA’s second annual community collaboration “Brushes With Life” art exhibition.

People from across the region with an interest in mental health will take time out over coming days and weeks to exhibit a variety of art works including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs.

These are the products of monthly art workshops facilitated by Brushes with Life’s artists and RichmondPRA.

The exhibition will be launched at a gala opening evening at 53A Manning Street, next door to Subway, on Thursday 9 October (at 5.30pm).

Taree RichmondPRA Coordinator Kirsten Olsen said “Brushes With Art” was a winner last year with nearly 140 works going on exhibition, and that success had prompted the return of the event in 2014.

“The 2013 Brushes With Art exhibition exceeded everyone’s expectations and it’s back bigger and better in 2014,” Ms Olsen said.

“We’ve been quite surprised by the number of people wanting to be involved and every indication is that it will be a tremendous exhibition for the public to enjoy.”

It’s widely recognised that art is a therapeutic medium for people with a lived experience to express themselves and to give other people some insight into mental health issues. .

“Through creativity, people with mental health issues can take big strides towards wellness,” Ms Olsen explained.

“Art also goes a long way to destigmatising mental illness, which is still often misunderstood in the community.

“The reality is one in five people will experience a mental health issue during their life, making it one of the most significant social issues we face as a community.

“But recovery is possible if the right help is sought.

“We can’t think of a better way to draw positive attention to mental health than by putting on this wonderful exhibition.”

“Brushes With Art” is open to anyone with an interest in mental illness including those with a lived experience, relatives, carers, support providers and general members of the community.

Many other local organisations have swung in behind RichmondPRA to make the 2014 exhibition possible including Manning Mental Health Service, Carers Assist, Phams, Recovery in Action, Subway and Uniting Church.

Apart from the event launch on Thursday 9 October, the public will be able to see the exhibition on Friday 11 October (11.00am-5.00pm), and Saturday, Sunday and Monday (12, 13, 14) October (10.00am-2.00pm).

Anyone interested in producing art works or attending the exhibition can contact Kirsten Olsen on 1300 779 270.

Matthew Watson – 0417 691 884
Kirsten Olsen – 0448 060 661