THE inaugural Manning mental health art exhibition opens this week.
'Brushes with Life' 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).
Time with artist, Anthony Bowden:
What do you get from creating art? It's just fun.
How/why are you involved in this exhibition? I have been to all five art workshops through RichmondPRA, it's for company, I get to socialise and meet others. I have put artworks in the exhibition
What are the benefits of art making to people with a mental illness? It's relaxing to paint and I have always done it. It's the only subject that I got into at school, and I stuck with it. I'm self taught.
How does this exhibition benefit the community? Well it gives everyone a chance to get together and look at some excellent paintings.
Brushes with Life will open at Shop 1 Pulteney Arcade (on Pulteney Street) Taree tomorrow at 5.30pm until 7pm. Then on Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the long weekend from 10am until 2pm (finally closing 2pm Monday). Entry is free.
Many works will be for sale.