Over 100 entries for ‘Mental Health – Art Works!’ exhibition

The 16th annual ‘Mental Health – Art Works!’ exhibition opened on Friday, October 2 at The Community Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery.

It is an art exhibition with a difference, featuring artworks created by people whose lives have been affected by mental illness.

This year, 105 entries were received for the multiaward winning exhibition, which is hosted each year by the Central Coast Mental Health Service as part of NSW Mental Health Month. Mental health promotion coordinator, Ms Jenice Alliston said the exhibition provides people with an opportunity to express themselves through art.

“Sharing their personal experience of mental illness through art can be a really positive and healing experience, not only for people with lived experience of mental illness but for their carers and family members too,” she said.

Ms Alliston said the exhibition helps to increase understanding about mental health issues in our community. “Many artists generously share the inspiration behind their artwork and some of their personal story.

“You can really get a sense of the impact a mental illness can have on someone’s life, which can be a very powerful and unique viewing experience for visitors,” she said.

The exhibition runs until October 11 and includes a diverse range of artworks including paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics and photography.

‘I would encourage everyone to come along and view this insightful exhibition.

“It is a moving experience that has impacted past visitors, and is a wonderful way to acknowledge the talent and strength that exists in our community,” said Ms Alliston.

Media release,
Sep 29, 2015
Casey Virgin, Central
Coast Local Health District