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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.

BLUE FRINGE 2022
30th Anniversary of Blue Fringe

After 2 years of online exhibitions the Blue Fringe Arts Committee is delighted to hold the 30th Anniversary in a physical space. While the online galleries have been amazing, we miss the community connection that comes with an 'in person' exhibition. BUT because we love the virtual gallery as well we hope to still have that feature on our website. 

All 2022 entries will be submitted via this website so keep checking in to stay up to date with the latest.

More details will come but for now- get started on you art or literature work for the 2022 Festivities.

BLUE FRINGE 2022

Entries Open August 1st

Entries close: September 1st 11:59pm

In Person Exhibition Opens at the Wentworth Falls Campus TAFE:  Wednesday 19th October

Complete Works available: From Wednesday 19th October
Award Ceremony at the Wentworth Falls Campus TAFE: Saturday 22nd October

ART & BOOKS FOR SALE

All entrants are eligible to receive 1 free copy of the 2022 Complete Works. The 2022 Complete Works will also be available for sale at the in person exhibition from 19-22 October. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

 

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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