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2014 Recovery in Art

NSWCAG is holding its fourth annual Recovery in Art Exhibition from 8-10 October in the Muse, Ultimo TAFE.

Each year, we’re overwhelmed by the number and quality of the artworks and, even more so, the stories behind them.

Art plays an important role in many people’s recovery journey. It gives people a means of expressing their emotions and experiences in a constructive and creative way. This is something our exhibition tries to capture and celebrate.

This year, we’ve already received artworks from people all across the state, from Dubbo to Darlinghurst, and from all sorts of backgrounds and situations. We’ve had a range of artworks come in from Forensic Units and refugee detention centres to Child and Young People’s Wards and the general community. Each artwork has its own story to tell. 

To submit an artwork to this year’s exhibition, fill out this EOI form by Friday 19 September.

For more information, contact:

Lawrence Muskitta at lmuskitta@nswcag.org.au or on 9332 0246

2013 Recovery in Art

To celebrate Mental Health Month 2013, NSWCAG once again held its annual Recovery in Art Exhibition, from 18th to 31st October, at The Wayside Chapel in Potts Point, Sydney.

This is the third time we have held this exhibition, and each year the artworks are amazing and delightful. We had 57 artworks on display from over 60 artists, and for the first time this included two video installations. Consumers from all over NSW contributed work, and some travelled to the launch of the Exhibition too.

The launch was held at lunchtime on Friday 18th October, and more than sixty people attended. NSWCAG CEO, Dr Peri O’Shea hosted the event, with an introduction from Graham Long, Pastor and CEO of The Wayside Chapel. Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commissioner of NSW, Fay Jackson, opened the exhibition and presented attending artists with their Certificates of Appreciation.

This annual exhibition is a celebration of both the artistic expressions of mental health consumers, as well the positive role art has played in many people’s mental health recovery journey. Some of the art is produced by people in a forensic facility, some in hospital, some in community art therapy groups, some by artists living in inner-city King’s Cross, and some by artists living quietly in the country. The way the artworks touch people is universal, and that is the remarkable power of art.

Please click here click here to download the Recovery in Art 2013 presentation.

2012 Recovery in Art

Be Creative - Be Proud - Be Recognised

Recovery in Art 2012

To celebrate Mental Health Month in October 2012, NSWCAG held its second annual Recovery in Art Exhibition at The Wayside Chapel in Sydney. This exhibition celebrates the journey by consumers of their recovery through art. Art is seen by people with a lived experience of mental illness as a way they can express themselves and tell their stories.

The exhibition was officially opened by John Feneley, the new Mental Health Commissioner in NSW, to a large crowd of invited guests. With over 90 artworks on display, the walls were very full, and there were beautiful pieces on show to enjoy. The gallery was open for a week and entry was free.

We would like to thank all the artists who participated in the exhibition, and acknowledge their wonderful contributions.

Here are some of the paintings from the exhibition:


More pictures coming soon.




paint - draw  -  sculpture  - photograph  -  create - recover

Art is seen by mental health consumers as a way they can express themselves and also a way to tell their stories. The art that was exhibited in NSWCAG inaugural art exhibition 2011 was in celebration of the Mental Health Month. This shows how different and unique each person's recovery journeys are.


Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.
01- Untitled by John Gyamarti
02 - Untitled by Margaret Pollock
03 - Faith, Hope and Joy by Margaret Pollock
04 - Untitled by Roberta  H.
05 - Untitled by Dale
06 - Untitled by Dale
07 - From Light to Darkness and open spaces by Mark Anderson
08 - The Reef by Kylie Findlay
09 - Untitled by Henry Marshal
10 - Painting for me  by Sue Holton
11 - Untitled  by Henry Marshal
12 - Paradox of the Downward Spiral by Bebe
13 - Untitled by Anne Naylor
14 - Untitled by Anne Naylor
15 - Untitled by Anne Naylor
16 - Detention by Kamalesh
17 - Three Sisters by Anonymous
18 - Darling Harbour - Opera House view from nearby bench by Anonymous
19 - My Best Friend
20 - Down by the Beach by Allan Silverman
21 - The Pill Street Blues Poem by Penny Scullin
22 to 27 - Untitled Collection by Crystal Wong
28 - Cut Out Surfer by Will Peters
29 - Untitled by Trish
30 - Untitled by Phil Holt

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