21 October – 3 December 2017

This exhibition has evolved through a collaborative partnership project between Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Arts in Recovery, and Newcastle Community Arts Centre. Throughout workshop sessions, the partners have been committed to consulting with, supporting and mentoring a group of mental health service users through the process of skill development needed to develop art practice outside institutional avenues. Established artists and museum/gallery workers have participated in a formally designed program of workshops to mentor the participants. For this group of emerging artists, wellbeing and a sense of self lies partly in being able to develop their skill and confidently identify as artists in a 'future full of art'.

A partnership project with Arts in Recovery and Newcastle Community Arts Centre coordinated by Jo O'Toole and John Cliff and supported by Create NSW through the Regional Partnerships Program.

One of the emerging artists developing his practice during the Art(ful) Futures workshops.

artful futures participant