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sábado, 2 de junho de 2012

Mental illness through art in the next See Me, Hear Me

MACARTHUR region residents are challenging attitudes towards mental illness through art in the next See Me, Hear Me exhibition opening 2nd June.

The Benevolent Society’s annual Campbelltown Arts Centre exhibition will feature until June 12 the artwork of 25 local artists, including Sandi Dennis, living with mental illness. The works will then be on show at local Narellan, Campbelltown, Eagle Vale, Ingleburn and Glenquarie libraries until mid-July.

The Benevolent Society’s Wies Schuiringa said the exhibition gave people living with illness a chance to showcase their skills and step into the limelight.

“We often hear from people living with mental illness that they feel isolated and hidden away, so See Me, Hear Me provides people who live with mental illness an opportunity to have a voice,” Ms Schuiringa said.

“The exhibition not only gives artists an opportunity to show their work and skills, it also gives visitors a chance to see some wonderful local artworks and gain a greater understanding of what’s it’s like to live with mental illness.”

Ms Schuiringa said mental illness was not understood well in the community, but over the past years the exhibition had run, it had proven a powerful way to break down the stigma.

Info accessed at Macarthur Chronicle

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