WINNER BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY COUNCIL VISUAL ARTS PRIZE & ARTIST CHOICE "Friends at Play" by Jason
WINNER ART - ADULT "Lunar Dreaming" by Stephen Clark
My work is spontaneous there is not planning it is what l am feeling at that moment and l transfer it to the black core board.
HIGHLY COMMENDED -ART - ADULT "Down the Bush Mum" by Betty Smith
I tried to capture what kids in the street get up to (or what their mums believe they are up to) when they head off down the bush at the back of their houses after school. Our bushy landscape in the Blue Mountains allows for many opportunities for play. ‘As long as you’re back in time for tea’, their Mums would answer.
PACKERS PRIZE CHOSEN BY TAFE STAFF "Isolating From My Phobias" by Sarah Southall
This work was completed after reflecting on my isolation due to my PTSD and severe depression. The mask symbolises how I’ve presented myself at work, home and society in general. I’ve worn a mask for so long I’ve forgotten who I really am. The child symbolises my withdrawal and regression in my ability to socialise as an adult. The cemetery symbolises my obsession with death during my times of severe melancholy. The butterfly symbolises a glimmer of hope through my expression with art.
"Message in a Bottle" by Adelaide Worcester
Would you buy bottled rainforest air from a supermarket shelf? It’s only slightly more ridiculous and environmentally devastating than bottled water. But look it up – it’s already a thing. This blew my mind. I blurred imagination and reality – photographing a discarded bottle and reprinting it on fabric, replacing elements of found items with textile work. The stowaway butterfly broadcasts a desperate message: ‘SEND HELP’. Is this for humans, or have we already failed in our stewardship, and the plea goes beyond? We are just starting to open our eyes to how our daily choices impact on the environment. Choose wisely.
"Light in the Distance" by Marc Wilson
Grief is feeling hopeless and helpless, like being surrounded, and overwhelmed by an unnatural force. With incredible strength, patience and perseverance, the sun will shine through.
"The Beach" by Danny Young
I am inspired by the beach and like using dot painting to connect to my Aboriginal Nanna. Her Mum was part of the stolen generation. I really enjoyed painting this in my art therapy sessions.
"Carnaby" by Helen Shields
My work explores geometric abstraction; colour, line and shape. Painting this way is frequently the antidote to feelings of sadness from past trauma.
"The Mender" by Rhonda Toole
“The Mender” is autobiographical of my 45 years’ mental health journey. Creativity has played a big part in my recovery. Take time and delve deeper into my artwork through the symbolism it will reveal many aspects. Bottom line is to have HOPE. The journey still continues.
"Blue Star" by Tammu
"Here She Sat" by Tanya Taggart
This artwork became an integral part of my healing process after the death of my mother. This chair was where she would sit, watch and talk to her family. A happy place and a happy memory.
"Tranquility" by K
"Soul Sisters" by Anastasia Vickers
“Soul sisters” is All about the Woman we love. It’s our own identity, it’s the identity we give to others and the identities that we see in our lives through other woman. The heart and sun of this piece is about owning our emotional beings and appreciating the woman who form us into who we are. We may not always be the perfect and true selves but the sun will pull our energy back into place. This reminds me that I am strong. Strong because Country holds me steady, because I have the stars looking at me and because the sun hugs me with its warmth. Most of all, I am mighty from the hundreds of years of survival and that is something to be proud of. A small reminder to be tall, take up space and own your existence. Firstly for yourself, secondly for your Sisters and Aunties and thirdly, the woman that came before.
"Mixed Emotions" by Shep
My work is based on real life experiences. People see you only by your exterior but they don’t see inside your head. My work portrays this, big eyes, lots of colour to represent diversity. The struggles with acceptance and my own battle with mental health.
"A Way Out" by Mishel Lee
"I Don't Think I Know Anything" by amy rowntree
A self portrait.
"Trees" by Spray Art Guy
"Yemen" by Hilary Stewart
I drew this when I was in psychiatric hospital. When I was becoming unwell, one of the things occupying my mind was the war and starvation in Yemen.
"Carpe Diem" by Barefoot Painter
“Carpe Diem”, Meaning seize the moment, is a Spanish inspired Pop art graphic to serve as a reminder to make the most of every moment of every day in our lives. Remembering the positives and to look for the good out of things that haven’t gone so well.
"All At Sea" by David Santleben
The economy, throwing challenges Like a sailor battling the elements. All at sea, my beauties, we have no option but to go on!! But the struggle is worth it!! Perhaps love will be found, in the next port….