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BLUE FRINGE

Celebrating the creativity of people with a lived experience of mental illness. Promoting the benefits of creativity for mental wellbeing & resilience.

THE BLUE FRINGE 2021 AWARDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED! 

Our congratulations and gratitude go out to all of the 2021 entrants for so generously sharing your work and your stories with us. You have allowed us the privilege of creating a truly wonderful and inspiring celebration of wellbeing and resilience!  Thank you.

BLUE FRINGE 2021

Exhibition Opens:  Friday 15 October
People's Choice Art & Literature Voting Closes:   Monday 18 October
Entrant's Choice Art & Literature Voting Closes:   Monday 18 October
Collected Works Printed Book Pre-Orders Close:  Monday 25 October
Awards Announced Online:  Saturday 23 October
Selected Art available for Sale until: Sunday 31 October

ART & BOOKS FOR SALE

Art sales for the Blue Fringe 2021 have now closed.  If you are interested in purchasing a piece from the 2021 exhibition, please contact us and we will make an enquiry with the artist. 

 

A limited number of Blue Fringe 2020 and 2021 Collected Works printed books are still available for purchase.

Go to Art & Books for Sale >

Blue Fringe 2021 has been made possible our wonderful supporters & sponsors

The Blue Fringe Festival would not be possible without the support of many generous local people and businesses over the years.  Thank you for your ongoing support and for recognising the important cultural role this special event plays in our community and in generating positive conversations around mental health.

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The Organising Committee for Blue Fringe is made up of workers from Springwood Neighbourhood Centre, Belong Blue Mountains, Stride Mental Health and Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre and a very committed and passionate team of wonderful volunteers.  

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THE STORY OF 
BLUE FRINGE 

The Blue Fringe Art and Literature Festival celebrates the creativity of people with a lived experience of mental illness and aims to raise awareness and create positive conversations about mental illness and the benefits of creativity for mental well-being and resilience.  

 

Born and bred in the Blue Mountains, the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra People, the Blue Fringe Festival is held in October each year to coincide with Mental Health Month in Australia.  

 

Through its life, Blue Fringe has showcased the talents of thousands of poets, artists, photographers and story tellers offering monetary prizes for excellence. For many, it is the first time they have shared their work publicly and for some the experience is life changing.

“Blue Fringe is an opportunity to be heard, to be seen. It opens up conversations. It brings mental illness out of the darkness and into the light.”

Read more about the story of Blue Fringe >

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GET IN TOUCH

For more information about Blue Fringe, please submit a message here or call Springwood Neighbourhood Centre on 02 4751 3033 or Belong Blue Mountains on 02 4782 1117.

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