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Mental Health Art Works!

Bringing it into the light. A celebration of creativity and mental health.

In 1999, the inaugural Mental Health Art Works! Exhibition was held at the Gosford Regional Art Gallery. It has become an annual event to celebrate Mental Health Month on the Central Coast.

Mental Health Art Works! is an art exhibition with a difference. It provides people whose lives have been affected by mental illness the opportunity to use art as a form of expression and engages the community in a better understanding of mental health issues.

The purpose of the Mental Health Art Works! Exhibition is to bring mental health into the light and celebrate creativity; providing greater awareness of mental health and celebrate the skills and abilities of people with a lived experience.

Each year artists of all ages exhibit a diverse range of artworks in various mediums including painting, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, photography, and writing. The artworks provide a unique viewing experience for exhibition visitors.

Click here for a wrap up of the 2019 event

General Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria applies to artworks entered in the exhibition:

  • Artwork previously exhibited in a Mental Health Art Works! Exhibition will NOT be eligible to be entered again.
  • A limit of ONE artwork per artist applies.
  • The artwork must be created by:
    • a person with a lived experience of mental illness
    • a family member of a person with a mental illness
    • a carer of a person with a mental illness
    • a friend of a person with a mental illness
    • a volunteer who works with people with a lived experience of mental illness
  • A carer is defined as a family member, friend, neighbour or other community members who provides regular or intermittent support for someone who has a mental illness.
  • Current CCPC staff are able to enter the exhibition but will not be eligible for awards.

Eligibility criteria for each category can be found here.