I’ve had a rather emotional morning. I decided to take a walk earlier this morning before I start work and found an exhibition. The exhibition is called GLOW- ‘A collection of artwork by artists with a lived experience of mental illness’.

I have passed it before but didn’t check to see what it is about. Once I found out, I thought I would take a look inside. What I found was artwork of all styles, abilities and ages. What I liked was that there was a short description next to the authors name as to what is the reasons for the painting. Here are a few examples I thought I would share. I asked the staff of it was okay to take photos for my blog and they were okay with it. I’m never sure today what is acceptable and what isn’t, copyright and all. But I will add the artists names to each.

This was the first one I walked up to, and possibly the most humerous.

‘Funky Ladies’

‘Art helps me to cope with my everyday life and I feel good about it.’

Artist- David Carroll

‘The glow of the flowers’

‘Flowers make me very happy and always cheers me up when I am sad or alone.  I love to pick bright- glowing flowers just about from anywhere and everywhere but I know I shouldn’t. To me, flowers glow with colour!’

Artist- Jimmy Petroff


‘Art reaches out beyond psychopathology and into freedom’

Artist- Alison Ferrier

‘Next door neighbour’

‘The galaxy is our next door neighbour and I want to remind people that there is life out there full of hope and colours.’

Artist- Steven Noel

‘Delft blue glow’

‘Doing this kind of artform puts me in a state of calm and the voices quieten to the point I can’t hear them anymore.’

Artist- Natalie Neilon

‘Into the light’

‘Painting allows me to express my ideas. It’s my hobby. I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that has severely affected my mobility. MIFQ art exhibition allows me a safe venue to show my artwork.’

Artist- Janette

‘Jane glowing flying her kite’

‘Story is of my sister as I would like to remember her, running free having fun with her kite and how she would glow with joy given the opportunity to. Age 10 1956 to 1966.’

Artist- JCT


That last one really hit me. It is of a young, innocent girl having fun before her life is tragically cut short, however this occurred. Someone that wasn’t given the time to experience everything that life has to offer. A sister to an artist that to this day uses art as a therapy to overcome the loss and sadness this caused.

Tragically, this kind of loss is one of millions. It’s strange that one picture can make me tear up, however I can somehow go about my life knowing that this is an everyday occurance for so many families around the world. I guess one loss is easier to understand. A world of losses is almost unfathomable and much harder to process.

It is a reminder for me that we all have problems that we face daily, many problems people face I am oblivious to. It also reminds me that the problems I face daily are relatively small and that I shouldn’t let them affect me. I take inspiration from each of these artists, all with problems that they escape using their passion for art. An escape from a mind and body that we still know very little about, a mystery that we can only live with for now whilst we learn and use art as a way to express our feeling towards our existence.

I will use this these to remind myself that I need to live whilst I am in existence, for the people that haven’t had the same opportunity.


The artwork is on display during Queensland Mental Health Week, King George Square, Brisbane between 5-12th October and is free entry.


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31 thoughts

  1. Those are very cool images and a great reminder to be thankful! I like how the reasoning was included as I often wonder about that when I’m looking at art

    1. I agree AJ, it is nice to read what was going through the mind of the artist without having to wonder. Cheers for stopping by again 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by, I am pleased you enjoyed the read and the paintings I got to share. It is a good reminder for us 🙂

  2. Another thought provoking post. I know when Carl Jung went through his breakdown he drew mandalas over and over and over. When our daughter had a breakdown, i tried to get her to draw, but she didn’t want to.. We got clay from a local potter and she made clay art. Squeezing and pulling and forming things helped. Still art, yes?

    1. I did not know that about Carl Jung, I have learned something there. And most definitely art, yes! I guess everyone is different and has different coping mechanisms when it comes to this. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I agree it really helps me to appreciate the artwork when I know the reasoning and stories behind it. Thank you for reading 🙂

  3. Beautiful! Have you tried art yourself? Adults say they are no good at art. They left off drawing after primary school so when they take it up as an adult they are dissatisfied with the results. It needs nurturing but it’s in there waiting to evolve like those touching examples.

    1. I used to love art! I was pretty good as a kid however in adulthood many of my friend took over and now I cannot compete xD But it is something I may decide to take up again in the future, who knows 🙂

      1. I can imagine! Unless I make a mistake, I remember as a kid I found mistakes to be very frustrating haha. But I do love art and should get back to it.

    1. As long as art is an escape, keep painting 🙂 the good thing about art is it is not a competition, so there isn’t really ‘good’ or ‘bad’. But your ability will certainly increase over time, I am sure!

    1. Thank you very much for stopping by, I am pleased you appreciated the post and the artists pictures. I hope you have a great day.

  4. This a very interesting blog. I like the reflections on Jane Glowing, Flying her Kite. Maybe you can also find a blog link for each artist and add it to your post as well.

    1. I was thinking about this as I do the same with my street art photos… however I wasn’t sure how easy they would be to find if they had websites at all. I will have a look and if I can I will add them here 🙂

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