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Margaret Whitlam Galleries

Felt Edge Social justice in contemporary art and therapy

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Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Female Orphan School, Western Sydney University (Parramatta South Campus), First Level, West Wing , Building EZ, Parramatta (South) Campus , Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere (View Map)
11 Oct 2021 - 14 Jan 2022
Opening still to be advised

This exhibition comprises artworks by staff, students and graduates of the Art Therapy program at Western. Each artwork explores a dimension of the often-unseen edges that constitute diverse everyday lives and the way these pl/sp/aces are relevant to mental health and wellbeing. The ‘felt edge’ might be an impenetrable wall; or a marginal place of neglect, despair and abandonment requiring us, despite fear, to ‘go there’....’over there’...‘back there’; edges cast long shadows, unseen yet exerting “an active influence” (Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities). These edges of place and memory provide fertile ground for exploration, both therapeutically and artistically. Indeed, they comprise the locus of work for the artist and the art therapist. The exhibition embraces both contemporary and historical contexts, as enabled by its positioning in the historic Female Orphan School. Viewers of the exhibition will thereby be invited to reflect on the significance of political, social, historical and cultural forces in mental health and those experiencing “edges, borders, boundaries, brinks and limits” of various kinds (Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things).

Participating Artists: Anne-Marie Armstrong, Karry Blake, Helena Bezzina, Catherine Camden Pratt, Dale-Myree Dal Santo, Johanna Davies, Kate D. Deacock, Mandy Evans, Liz Fairfax, Elise Fenn, Carrie Fraser, Seiko Furuse, Georgia Freebody, Sangeetha Gardiner, Amanat Grewal, Jennifer Hardy, Narelle Jordan, Minien Hattingh, Joanne Lee, Sheridan Linnell, Bridie MacGillicuddy, Catriona Maciver, Danielle Minett, Alexandra Mowat, Jacqueline Olivetti, Suzanne Perry, Josephine Pretorius, Joanna Redestowicz, Martin Roberts, Morgana Thomas, Sally Thomson, Michelle Tomkins, Sarah Versitano, Jill Westwood, Jay Wood, Robbi Wymer.

The exhibition is co-curated by Anita Lever and Joy Paton.