Gallery Lane Cove Shines the Light on the Positive Link between Art and Mental Health

Lane Cove’s exciting cultural facility, Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios, is located in the building directly across from the Lane Cove Library.  Melbourne might have the Paris End of Collins Street, but Lane Cove has the Cultural Precinct in Longueville Road (Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios,  Lane Cove Library and the Living and Learning Centre all located on Longueville Road).

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios has launched Different Shades of Light a project consisting of workshops culminating in an exhibition about art and mental health.

The brainchild of registered art therapist and artist Anne Buckingham who is in residence at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios, Different Shades of Light is about the universal importance of mental health. Oftentimes, society places great emphasis on physical condition but equally important is mental wellbeing, which is intrinsic to good health. At some stage in our lives, we have all felt stress, anxiety and at times depression. For others, it extends to persistent and complex mental health issues.

Art and Mental Health Workshops

There are several different workshops to attend. Each workshop is designed to be a one-of experience in which art is made in response to one’s own mental health and wellbeing. It could be positive visual affirmation of what supports you or a much needed expression of difficulties, including those that are not easily verbalised.

No Art Experience Necessary

No art experience is required as you will be guided in the making process in a relaxed, safe and supportive setting. Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios  is encouraging a wide range of age groups to attend. Anyone from age 16 and up is welcome. Objects made in the workshop will be put together to form part of an installation in an October exhibition at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios. All artworks/objects made during the workshops will be de-indentified unless otherwise preferred.

For the individual, the workshops allow participants a chance to reflect on their mental health. Collectively, when the objects created are transformed to a large-scale artwork for the exhibition, they become a platform to raise awareness and create positive discussions around mental health and support for wellbeing.

The collaborative exhibition is co-curated by Rachael Kiang, manager and curator of Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios and features creative input from Anne Buckingham and emerging artist Natalie Tso. It will run during Mental Health Month and highlights the role of art in illuminating issues around mental health and wellbeing.

Different Shades of Light is a project supported by Lane Cove Council.

Registration Details

To register for the workshop, please visit the gallery page Adult Workshop page.

Just select your preferred dates. A fee of $5 applies. Suitable for ages 16 and up.

7 Sep Saturday – 10 am- 1 pm
9 Sep Monday  – 1 – 4 pm
14 Sep Saturday  – 10 am -1 pm
19 Sep Thursday – 12.30 pm -3.30 pm
23 Sep  Monday  –  1- 4 pm
28 Sep Saturday  – 10 am -1 pm

Further questions can be directed to Gallery Lane Cove at [email protected]

Contact Details

Address:  164 Longueville Road NSW (opposite the Library)
Phone: 9428 4898
Email:  [email protected]
Facebook: @gallerylanecove

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