Exhibition explores links between art, nature and wellbeing

Art Nature Wellbeing photo

A unique exhibition created by staff and students from the University of Western Sydney is set to explore the relationship between art, the natural world and mental health.

Opening on Friday May 30 at the Verve Gallery, the Art – Nature – Wellbeing exhibition features work from students of the Masters in Art Therapy at UWS, and explores the interdependence of human and ecological systems and its relevance for contemporary art therapy.

The burgeoning field of art therapy – which marries art and psychotherapy – uses art to help clients express their thoughts and feelings.

Co-curated by artist and academic Joy Paton and artist Martin Roberts, the exhibition consists of works from various disciplines including painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture, installation, film and digital media. There will also be live performances on the opening night.

Mr Roberts, who is also a tailor and costumier at Sydney Theatre Company and an exhibiting mixed-media artist, says the exhibition demonstrates the importance of maintaining art practice for both registered art therapists and their trainee counterparts.

“With the stresses of modern life it can be hard to find the time to cultivate the art practice integral to this form of therapy, which offers a unique sensitivity and vehicle of expression,” says Mr Roberts.

Art – Nature – Wellbeing will be officially opened by the Dean of UWS School of Social Sciences and Psychology Professor Kevin Dunn on Friday March 30 at 6pm. The exhibition continues until June 8.


Art by Hannah Factor

9 May 2014

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