Sharing experience through art | Manning River Times

Wed Sep 25, 2013

MENTAL illness is the driving force behind an upcoming art exhibition in Taree - the first of its kind in the Manning area.

Called ‘Brushes with Life’, the exhibition will see people with a lived experience of mental illness and their families, carers and mental health professionals contribute works including paintings and sculptures.

Dozens of works will go on display, many of them giving insight to mental health and wellbeing and recovery journeys.

A series of local workshops have been held, enabling participants to progress their contributions.

The exhibition will also spearhead local celebrations for National Mental Health Awareness Month (October).

“Art as a therapy for people with a lived experience of mental illness is now widely recognised,” organiser and Taree RichmondPRA coordinator Kirsten Olsen said.

“It often enables people to express themselves in ways that they can’t face-toface and move towards wellness through creativity.

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