ArtWorx brighten housing complex

Mural artists John Allen and Glen Williams (rear) with Olga Griffin (front left) and project co-ordinator Kristine Uebergang.

A fantasy mural depicting seven dwarfs and stolen treasure has lightened and brightened an apartment stairwell in a Department of Housing complex for people with mental health issues.

The mural, which took six months to create, was painted by members of the ArtWorx group and was unveiled this week as part of local Mental Health Week activities.

Its very appropriate for us to be affirming and recognising the people we serve, said project co-ordinator Kristine Uebergang. It was quite a demanding project, especially over such a long period of time. But there was no doubt at any time along the way that we couldnt achieve this.

ArtWorx is a rehabilitation program run by MHARS (Mental Health Accommodation Rehabilitation Services).

Kristine said last years project was an art exhibition at Goanna Bakery, and artworks could still be viewed in the foyer of Lismore Base Hospital. The idea for this years mural came from a desire to brighten and lift the mood of the housing complex.

Its all about play, said Kristine. Its not about travelling through peoples heads to draw things out. Its not about the illness. Its more a distraction, a way to lighten up. Its purely about the positive.

Mental Health Week culminates with a gig tomorrow night (Friday, October 13) at Coorabell Hall with musicians, singers, comedians and jugglers from 7pm. The event is alcohol-free and child friendly. Tickets are $7/$5 at the door.

Theres also a charity concert at Lismore City Hall on Saturday night featuring world-class pianist Simon Tedeschi.See page 6 for details.

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