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Art for Mental Health

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To celebrate Mental Health Month, the City of Ryde is showcasing the work of five local artists from Insideout Gallery and Cornucopia Community Art Group. Original artworks by Simon Champ, Ruth Sariban, Paulina Nikolzew, James Akhurst and Tim O’Loughlin will be exhibited as flags installed around Top Ryde from 23 October to 11 November 2019. Each artwork highlights the unique and personal story of recovery experienced by the artist.

Making art can be a powerful way to express ourselves, share our stories and find points of commonality and connection. Engaging with art allows us to better understand the varied lives and experiences of the people that make up our community.  

The Art for Mental Health project celebrates the benefits of art making for mental health. It aims to develop awareness of mental health issues, support wellbeing and connect with our community.

This project is a collaboration between the City of Ryde and Insideout Gallery, a professional studio and gallery space for developing and emerging artists who are impacted by mental health experiences. Insideout Gallery is located at Macquarie Hospital, North Ryde and is actively supported by Mental Health Drug and Alcohol, Northern Sydney Local Health District. 

Artworks will also be printed on free postcards along with information about local mental health resources.

The Artworks

Artworks

To learn more about the artists and their practice, click the button below.

About the Artists

Project Launch Celebration

In a joint celebration, the launch of Art for Mental Health was held alongside the exhibition opening of ‘Share your Journey’ at Insideout Gallery on Thursday 31 October, 2pm - 3pm

Art and Mental Health Resources 

Insideout Gallery

Insideout Gallery’s primary mission is to provide a professional gallery space for developing and emerging artists who are impacted by mental health experiences.  They provide a venue for art exhibitions that celebrate creativity, challenge stigma and promote a better understanding of mental health, and human experience. As part of this the Insideout Gallery aims to provide the opportunity and support for exhibiting artists to develop and maintain their professional art practice.

 Insideout Gallery is located at the Northern Sydney Education Conference Centre on the grounds of Macquarie Hospital in North Ryde. It is actively supported by Mental Health Drug and Alcohol, Northern Sydney Local Health District. 

Contact: Jasmine Steven on (02) 9887 5698 or jasmine.steven@health.nsw.gov.au

Cornucopia Community Art Group

Cornucopia Community Art Group is group is for members of the Ryde community who access Mental Health Services.

Cornucopia Community Art Group meets every Tuesday at the art shed on the Gladesville Hospital grounds. There are two sessions which run 10am - 12pm and 12pm - 2pm. Some people come to one or both sessions. One session is $5. Two sessions is $10. Artists bring their own materials. 

The teacher is artist Dr Neville Dawson, Dr of Creative Arts and former Head of Visual Arts Newington College.

Contact: Dr Neville Dawson on 0407149451 for more information.

Mental Health Line

The Mental Health Line is a 24-hour telephone service operating seven days a week across NSW.

Contact: 1800 011 511

Lifeline

Lifeline provides free and anonymous 24-hour crisis counselling, support groups and suicide prevention services.

Contact: 13 11 14

WayAhead

WayAhead educates people about mental health and supports them to improve their wellbeing.

Contact:  1300 794 991 (Monday to Friday; 9am - 5pm)

Last updated on 4 November 2019