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Artists paint for peace of mind
Artist Janet Almond will be showing her work East Anglia Winter at the Belconnen Gallery’s No Health Without
Mental Health exhibition, to be launched during Mental Health Week.
Picture: Elesa Lee
A NEW exhibition by some of Canber-
ra’s talented artists is showing that
there’s no health without mental
Artworks into the mixed medium
exhibition have been entered by par-
ticipants of Belconnen Community
Centre’s Open Art Program and also
the wider community.
No Health Without Mental Health is
the first show in a series of exhibitions
being held at the Belconnen Gallery
over the next three months.
It will be launched on Wednesday,
October 5, during Mental Health
All events will be for and by people
who use their art as a tool to achieve
peace of mind.
The centre’s Open Art manager,
Kate Wells, said the first exhibition
would contain more than a hundred
artworks of varying mediums that
would be displayed in the gallery and
also along the walls of the centre.
“There’s a fairly broad theme but it
leaves it open for people to do what
they want,” she said.
The Open Art program is part of the
mental health unit at the centre and Ms
Wells said many of the works would be
created by people undergoing or who
had undergone problems with their
Contributing artist Janet Almond
has entered her first watercolour
artwork into the exhibition, a wintery
scene in East Anglia. She completed it
during the weekly two-hour drawing
and painting sessions held as part of
the Open Art program.
“It’s probably one of the most
enjoyable times I have all week,” Ms
“I think for some of the people it
gives them a reason to get out of bed.”
She said exploring with different
mediums in class and creating art
provided a welcome distraction.
For others it was also a “freeing”
The class had a mixture of people
from the community, including some
who required mental health support.
“I think that is a healthy attitude to
have in the community that there’s no
difference between people with mental
health issues and not,” she said.
Ms Almond decided to explore a
different medium for this exhibition
and painted a different subject matter
for a challenge.
Usually she favours paintings or
drawings of flowers, nature and her
She said one of the best things about
the art program was while there was
assistance given by the tutor, the
participants had the freedom to create
anything they wanted.
■ The official opening of the No
Health Without Mental Health will
take place on Wednesday at 4.30pm at
the Belconnen Gallery on Swanston
Street and the exhibition will run until
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