Artist in residence artworks unveiled

16 August 2017

Artists working in mental health inpatient units across South Australia will unveil their artworks this week as part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.

This year’s Artist in Residence Program provided visual artists the opportunity to be based in SA Health’s mental health inpatient units at Glenside, Whyalla and Berri for between three and six months.

Country Health SA Mental Health Strategic Operations Director Umit Agis said during this time, artists worked collaboratively with mental health consumers, clinicians, CHSA employees and researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA).

“Offering these residencies maintains our ongoing commitment to destigmatising mental illness in our communities,” Mr Agis said.

“Mental health consumers are provided with the opportunity to participate in the arts, offering meaningful activity and the chance to build a connection with their local communities.”

The Artist in Residence Program is delivered in partnership between Country Health SA, UniSA and SALA, and this year artists explored the theme ‘Recovery’.

Painters Henry Stentiford and Jade Harland were based at Glenside, painter Jamahl Pollard was based at Berri and animation artist Richard Parker was based at Whyalla.

UniSA Chair Mental Health Nursing, Professor Nicholas Procter, welcomed the SA Health and UniSA partnership.

“These residencies offer a unique opportunity to work together to create a foundation for practice-based research through creative works,” Professor Procter said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the artworks created through this collaboration.”

SALA Festival General Manager Penny Griggs said the Artist in Residence Program has a big impact on participating artists and informs their practises into the future.

“The program goes a long way in promoting the value of visual art in the health sector, and indeed in the wider community,” Ms Griggs said.

The SALA exhibitions are as follows:

  • Glenside residencies: Peter Walker Fine Art, 16th August, 6-8pm
  • Berri residency: Berri Library and Information Centre, 17th August, 5-6.30pm
  • Whyalla: Progress works shown at UniSA library – Whyalla campus, 16th August, 6-7:30pm. The completed animation film will be released later this year.

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