Art therapy is defined as a form of psychotherapy where there is no emphasis on the end product, just on the journey you take to get there.
The annual mindshare Exhibition held every Mental Health Month in City of Adelaide locations could be defined as that, but talking to the artists it is so much more.
Works created by artists in NEAMI National and Life Without Barriers Living Arts’ program are the product of community, support and a sense that your art can teach us all about mental health.
Exhibiting artist Radi from the Living Arts program works in the traditional medium of water colours on paper. They acknowledge their mental health journey, like many others, is long and slow.
“I am constantly waiting for that freedom and that final relief that you can get your life together. But it isn’t as easy as that,” says Radi.
“You can have your life together and still have mental health challenges. As an artist I wish to inspire those who are kind of in that deep mental health hole.”
Amy, who attends NEAMI National’s program, says she was blessed to be introduced to them in 2022.
“Art gives me a space to become absorbed in beauty and forget all my troubles. It truly is a gift,” she says.
“Not only have I discovered that everyone can do art with encouragement. I have also met a wonderful group of people.”
When people are experiencing mental health challenges, they can feel isolated and alone. Through these art groups people are able to come together, connect and build relationships. An important part of their recovery process.
“Art has got me through some very tough times,” says exhibiting artist Cecelia Kluge. “By focussing on my art, I can cope better with life.”
Artist Dale McIntyre is living with an acquired brain injury and depression. She started art therapy whilst in rehabilitation and found it fine-tuned her ability to concentrate. Based in Millicent her work in acrylics will be on display.
“When I engage in art therapy it helps me to relax, and I zone out completely,” says Dale.
Joe Amuso’s work has been chosen as this year’s exhibition poster. Inspired by pop art, colourists and naïve painters Joe has been attending the various NEAMI National art programs in Port Adelaide for over twelve years and successfully completed his Artist in Residence through Jump Arts.
The annual mindshare Exhibition will be on display throughout October in Adelaide City Library Francis Street, North Adelaide Library and Community Centre, Tynte Street, as well as online at mindshare.org.au
This story is sponsored by mindshare.
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