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Art exhibition helps to break the stigma of mental illness

2nd October 2018

Art exhibition helps to break the stigma of mental illness

 The sculptures, installations, paintings, sketches and photography of around 70 local artists, all vying for the $3000 prize money, will be showcased at the selectability Now You See Me art exhibition which opens to the public today (2 October).

 The exhibition and competition are part of a broader project aimed at breaking the stigma of mental illness which also included art and inspiration workshops.

selectability CEO Debra Burden said the competition had attracted a diverse range of artwork from emerging artists across Townsville.

 “It’s great to see so many locals contribute to this is vibrant and eclectic exhibition and help to challenge attitudes around mental illness,” said Ms Burden.

 “Mental illness should not define who people are and that’s what the exhibition is all about, putting the focus on the individual.”

 “We encourage Townsville residents to come along to the exhibition and vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice category.”

 The first prize is $2000 and a $1000 people’s choice award.

 The exhibition will be held at selectability House, 59 Cambridge St, Vincent until 12 October. The winners will be announced on World Mental Health Day, Wednesday, 10 October.

 Now You See Me is supported by Townsville City Council.

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