PEOPLE who have experienced a mental illness, as well as professional artists and mental health professionals all contributed artworks to the inaugural Brushes with Life exhibition held in Taree.
The 136 works included paintings, prints, drawing, sculptures, audio pieces, and collages, many of which gave an insight into mental health and well being and recovery journeys.
The official opening attracted 60 visitors, including several artists and some of the works were sold that evening.
"It was just buzzing, and very positive," said Kirsten Olsen, local manager of RichmondRPA.
Entertainment was provided by young singer/songwriter from Tuncurry, Alyse Gray, and the Welcome to Country by Aunty Barbara Clark.
Assistant director of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Jane Hosking conducted the opening and spoke about ordinary people, some of whom have struggles, but who are still valuable members of society.
The audio installation work featured three people talking about what it is like to live with a mental illness and how it affects their lives in a positive way.
Good crowds visited the exhibition over the five days and visitors were asked to vote for the People's Choice Award.
Brushes with Life was based on the model from Newcastle called Bounce Back.
Kirsten said it was a great collaboration by clients, volunteers, mental health professionals: HNE Health staff and RichmondPRA staff.