UNITING Wimmera’s annual Art Show opened on Tuesday, exhibiting unique pieces created by artists who have accessed mental health support through the service.
The show’s purpose is to create awareness and change perceptions of mental health issues. Organiser and Uniting mental health worker Paul Dickerson said the event was timed to coincide with Mental Health Week.
“The theme of this year’s show was ‘Connectedness’. We encouraged artists to express how they feel connected or disconnected and relate their pieces back to their personal mental health journey,” he said.
“What they came up with was inspiring. We had a range of creative pieces from large paintings to unique and quirky sculptures.”
Acting Uniting Wimmera executive officer Josh Koenig said the event provided an opportunity for people to express themselves and share their experiences.
“We know how important it is to talk frankly about experiences of mental health difficulties, and reduce the stigma that can sometimes be associated with mental health issues,” he said.
“At Uniting we provide ongoing support for Wimmera people who experience mental illness. Through a range of programs that build capacity and engagement, we enable people to reach their recovery goals.”
Completed works will be displayed in Uniting Wimmera’s reception area on Ballie Street, Horsham until October 16, followed by other pop-up locations around the Wimmera until the end of the month.
People who need support with their mental health can get in touch with Uniting Wimmera on 1800 195 114.