The Mental Health Week Art Exhibition open last week and was a resounding success.
“What we have noticed is that the exhibition itself was not the most important element for those who made contributions – it was the journey in being able to deliver a final piece,” Chantal Corish from Rural Sky – Realise your Potential, said.
“This is what we wanted when we conceived the exhibition. We wanted people to pause, reflect and communicate how they felt about mental health, and express what mental illness means to THEM.
“Only by bringing awareness to the issues associated with mental illness, by giving people at the frontline a voice to express their experiences and their needs around mental health, will we be able to really make some inroads in to decreasing the number of people who suffer, and increase the number of people who seek out help without fear or embarrassment, or difficulty of access.”
“We have been overwhelmed with the response for the exhibition with 76 pieces in all going up in the gallery. About half of those have been donated for a silent auction and the proceeds of which will go toward mental health programs in Goondiwindi.
“We had contributions from people from so many walks of life and from as far away as the Philippines.
“We have such a diversity of people in our community, and I think this exhibition really shows that and allows people to come out of the woodwork without being judged.
“We have also been blown away by the support and commitment of the staff at the gallery. The Goondiwindi Council has got a fantastic facility there, and we were able to make excellent use of the izi.TRAVEL technology by uploading interviews of the artists and all of the pieces to make a virtual tour – literally giving anyone in the entire world access to the exhibition,” Chantal said.
The exhibition is a joint effort between Rural Sky, Care Goondiwindi and the Tie-up the Black Dog Committee.