A SERIES of art making workshops have been proudly sponsored by the local branch of RichmondPRA, which is a mental health recovery support service.
These workshops provide the opportunity for people with mental health issues and their carers to come together in a relaxed social atmosphere to try something new, whether it's playing with paint, drawing, collage, painting pet rocks or just having a chat.
Materials and lunch are supplied free to participants and no art experience is necessary.
There is one more workshop taking place tomorrow between 10am and 2pm at the Uniting Church Hall in Cundletown.
"Creating art gives me a lot of satisfaction and helps to clarify and release confusion," one of the workshop participants Craig Elkington said. "Getting out of the house, socialising and getting involved in the community is one of the benefits of attending the workshop and this helps to lift my self-esteem.
"Joining others in making art helps you to realise that you are not alone; other people are going through similar situations. These workshops are a good way to get support without the pressure of competing or needing to work to a timeline."
The workshops will culminate in an exhibition planned for the long weekend in October titled Brushes with Life, which will help to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month.
If you would like to come along to the workshop or have artwork that you would like to submit for the exhibition, please phone Kirsten on 1300 779 270.
Brushes with Life will be opening at Shop 1 Pulteney Arcade (on Pulteney Street) on Thursday, October 3 at 5.30pm, and will be open to the public every day from then until Monday, October 7.