Top: Blooming Burst of Colour by Ingrid De Ruyter. Bottom: Waterfall by Robbie Gruden
‘Sentimental Journey’ is an art exhibition showcasing the work of a group of South Australian artists who live with a mental illness. It opens at the John Harvey Gallery in Salisbury and offers locals a chance to see art that expresses a unique experience of the world and each artist’s own vision of the future. Local mental health service Neami National is producing the exhibition.
Exhibition Coordinator Vaso Hay said that ‘Each artist has been supported to explore their individual direction as artists and the result has been incredible. We create a supportive environment and people grow in their art and their understanding of themselves.’
Neami National runs weekly art groups in three locations around South Australia in collaboration with Western Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Neami Murray Bridge and Neami Elizabeth. These are informal sessions where artists are supported in pursuing their own visual arts interests. The groups are run by a local community artist alongside experienced mental health support workers. These groups are a safe place to socialise, meet new people, set goals and be supported in their arts practice.
What: Sentimental Journey Exhibition
Where: John Harvey Gallery, 12 James Street, Salisbury
When: Opening is 5.30-7.30pm Wednesday 11 November, Exhibition runs 8.30am-5pm Thursdays and Fridays until 27 November
More information: Vaso Hay, Exhibition Coordinator, Neami National – (08) 8240 2566