RAR Therapy in Cairns held an art exhibition during Queensland Mental Health Week to raise awareness of mental health concerns and showcase the benefits of art as therapy.
The exhibition, open to the public from 14-15 October, was a success, attracting more visitors than anticipated and delighting the artists who showed their work.
RAR Therapy registered psychologist Karen Ott said the event was great and very busy.
“A lot more people came than we thought would,” she said.
“It was very busy — the artists were chuffed.”
For the artists involved, the exhibition was a gratifying experience, showcasing their talents and offering a platform to contribute positively to mental health awareness.
There were prizes awarded, with Matthew Rundle taking out first prize in 2D art for his painting, House Party, and Maggie Butcher winning first prize in 3D art for her diorama, Maggie’s Diorama, which depicted a fairy garden.
The bustling atmosphere reflected the community’s support for the cause and the power of art to spark conversations surrounding mental well-being.