Posts Tagged ‘ arts ’

Stories of Recovery from the Bush

The Benevolent Society and Western Sydney University invite you to an empowering photographic and narrative exhibition celebrating the lives of people living with complex mental health. The exhibition explores what works in the service system and community to effectively support people experiencing complex mental illness.

A full research report will also be available at the event.

The exhibition was opened by Bradley Foxlewin, Deputy Commissioner,  Mental Health Commission NSW with Special Guest Speaker Dr Catherine Camden Pratt,Snr Lecturer Master of Art Therapy, Western Sydney University.

The opening event included entertainment and speeches from people with a lived experience of Mental Health challenges in rural and regional NSW.

A powerful and moving exhibition


Michael Forster – “Works on Paper”

Michael’s exhibition opened Wednesday 11th April and has created a lot of interest since.

The exhibition runs till 14th may and I encourage you to come and visit before then.

Statement by the artist regarding print making:


As Edgar Degas once said “photography is a useful tool.”


The development of the digital photographic processes represents a dream-come-true for the reflective artist.


Transpositions from live or imagined images to traditional art mediums and back to the digital palette and so forth open up vast horizons for artistic expressions and feelings and must be considered as part of art processes. Etching and lithographic processes historically became a medium of image expression, both were invented as means of printing the written word and were adapted by the artists to reproduce images.


When photo plate printing first became available to the publishing industry many artists turned to multi-negative printing techniques, involving silk screen methodology in making their work.


The digital medium opens up endless possibilities without having to utilise gnarly chemical processes in dark rooms or polishing with poisonous inks and dyes.


Digital processes for art making are more akin to lithography than etching with the stone being replaced by just about anything that will help create the image, even thin air.


My images aim to show that new technology still applies to classic images – the prints are created to serve my ink printer.


I look for images that are somehow iconic – that seem familiar. I search for images that exist somewhere in the ethos to be discovered, or uncovered. In this search I am inspired by how Michelangelo found his subjects buried in the stone of his sculptures. If art is eternal then this is where those images exist.


Making art is a metaphysical experience.