In celebration of Mental Health month, Belconnen Community Gallery and Wellways Australia will hold an open community exhibition to showcase the works of people in the disability and mental health sector.
The Pigment of the Imagination exhibition is open to people living with disability, mental health consumers and support persons.
All mediums are welcome and artists can submit up to two pieces each.
This is not the first time the Belconnen Community Gallery have held an exhibition for Mental Health month: The Piece of Mind exhibition held in the Gallery in 2018 was a big success, heralding the need for more exhibitions of that nature.
Gallery curator, Ben said community exhibitions are a great way to celebrate Mental Health Month.
“It means a lot to our artists to be able to share their stories with the community through art, and the public is always blown away by the amazing talent,” he said.
Artist Nicci Blount said art is a form of self-care that creates something beautiful.
“Being able to exhibit was very exciting, as I was able to share some of the paintings I have done when I was feeling low or manic,” Nicci said.
“It was a chance to show other people my expression of those feelings via colour. I felt proud.”
Artist John Brookes said the exhibition takes an internal negative experience and turns it into an outwardly positive one.
“For me, the use of art in addressing my mental health is an act of empowerment,” John said.
“By working with art to articulate my experiences and feelings, I feel able to create a new visual interpretation that can give an addition … insight into myself through the creative medium”.
Pigment of the Imagination is a free exhibition and will be held from 1-18 October, with an opening celebration on Wednesday 2 October at 5:30 pm at the Belconnen Community Gallery.
Submissions close on 20 September.
If you or someone you know is interested in being part of the exhibition head to the BCS website and download an expression of interest form.