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Maitland Regional Art Gallery Raises Awareness for Mental Health Month

To raise awareness of Mental Health Month, Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) invites the community to join them on Friday 20 October for their Journeys Creative Connections workshop.


These monthly workshops create a welcoming space for individuals with personal mental health experiences to come together and nurture connections through the transformative power of art and community.

Supported by their community partners, Flourish and Stride, these workshops proudly showcase guest artists carefully selected from the exhibition program and The Gallery Collection.

MRAG Gallery Director Gerry Bobsien says, ‘the Journey’s program is an important part of what we do here at the gallery.

‘Our long term partnership with Flourish Australia and Stride means we can provide a supportive and welcoming arts health program for people with a lived mental health experience.’

Former participant of the Journeys Creative Connections workshop, Helen Fenner, is also being spotlighted with her latest exhibition, ‘Where the Seeds Grow’, currently being featured at MRAG from September 9 to November 19.

‘Art is a powerful way to communicate stories and this can be seen in the incredible creative work of Journeys participant Helen Fenner who is currently exhibiting a wonderful solo exhibition at the Gallery. Helen is a passionate advocate for the therapeutic role of creativity in nurturing mental wellbeing,’ Bobsien said.

Fenner is an emerging Maitland based artist whose latest exhibition unveils a collection of fresh and thought provoking art which draws inspiration from various facets of her life and work.

For more information about Helen’s latest exhibition, visit

To secure your place in the October Journeys Creative Connections workshop, or to find out more information for future workshops, contact Juan at Flourish via email or call 02 9393 9700.


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