Gallery shows its support for Mental Health Week

​Wednesday, 25 September 2019

The Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) will be hosting a month-long exhibition in the name of mental health.

Sunday 6 October to Saturday 12 October is Mental Health Week and BRAG will launch its exhibition on Monday 7 October with the whole community invited to attend.

The launch will include live music, guest speakers, refreshments and of course art.

The exhibition has been in collaboration with the Blue Tree Project, Pathways Southwest and the Mental Health Week 2019 Consortium.

Eighty works have been selected from local artists across a range of mediums including paintings, drawings and sculptures. Amateur artists to professional artists have been included in the exhibition with each artist receiving a certificate of participation.

BRAG Director Joanne Baitz encouraged the community to be a part of this special display which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues.

“The nature of this exhibition is to celebrate art as a tool to heal, to connect, and to share our stories with each other,” Dr Baitz said.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the organisations who have collaborated with us on this meaningful exhibition.”

Pathways Southwest Group Support Worker Kerry Starnes said art activities increase health and wellbeing through social and community participation, working with others to learn new skills and increase ones we already have.

“Studies have shown that participation in the arts positively benefits people with mental health challenges,” Ms Starnes said.

It builds confidence and self-esteem, it has diversional and therapeutic benefits and it empowers people and enhances their social inclusion by providing opportunities for all to participate in the artistic and cultural life of their communities, such as participating in Mental Health Week activities, and in particular this art exhibition.

“We hope you enjoy the wonderful work on show that has been put together by the Bunbury community for the Bunbury community.”

The launch begins at 5.30pm on Monday 7 October with the exhibition running until 27 October.

For more information please visit brag.org

Entry is free.