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Joanne Braddy – Removing the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Joanne Braddy Visual Artist and Sculptor

As a writer I understand the courage it takes to lay yourself bare on the page with words and it is no different with the world of visual art. Joanne Braddy’s strength and determination shines through her works as she pushes herself to paint from within. Her paintings, drawings and […]

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Midweek Culture Fix with Logan Artist Peta Thompson

Peta Thompson artist

Simple, yet thought provoking and expressive designs are a common theme in Peta Thompson’s creative work. Her art explores personal narratives, combining prose with symbolic images, abstract work and portraiture. Narratives that are clearly influenced by her work in the community as an art therapist, and teacher. Peta’s work invites […]

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Belinda Bekkers on Creation as Solace

As Julia Cameron said “Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.” There is solace in undertaking the process of creating something. For me it’s about dragging my fingers across the keyboard to form words, and ultimately pages, on the screen. It’s about scraping out […]

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Sam Randall on Using Art to Explore Life Stories

Sam Randall employs the use of colour, detail and layering to portray fierce images that invoke a feeling of connection, whilst portraying universal narratives. The intensity of her colours are often juxtaposed by dark backgrounds, lending weight to the foreground, but also giving us the sense that there is always […]

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Author Karen Tyrrell on Using Writing to Recover and Break the Stigma of Mental Illness

About 1 in 5 people will suffer from mental illness in their lifetimes and according to research by psychiatrist and researcher, Sam Harvey, mental illness is now the main reason for incapacitation in Australian workers.  Some of the leading causes for the onset of mental illness come from work-related stress […]

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