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2021 Take Time Art Show

We're going virtual! Welcome to Belmont Private Hospital's 'Take Time' Art Show in support of Queensland Mental Health Week. Voting for our People's Choice Award will be open until Friday 22nd October, 2021. Cast your vote below!

In celebration of Mental Health Week, Belmont Private Hospital would like to invite past and present Belmont Private Hospital artists to participate in the 2021 Mental Health Week 'Take Time' Art Show.

The art show will be held on this page from Sunday 10th October to Friday 22nd October. The art show will be judged by a panel including our art therapist and CEO, Mary Williams.

Categories and prizes include:

  • 1st place - (open to past and current patients) $100
  • 2nd place - (open to past and current patients) $50
  • 3rd Place - (open to past and current patients) $50
  • People's choice - (open to the staff and the community) $50

Voting for the People's Choice Award will be open for the duration of the online show, with winners being announced via our social pages on Monday 25th October.

1.0 Secret Garden

Danara Blam

Mix media

2.0 Wave Rider

Aaron Thomas

Canvas print

3.0 Luscious Lips

Deb Nicholson

Acrylic on canvas

"Art has been a huge part of my mental health journey. Two years ago I had never painted a picture and now I am up early every morning to do painting. It is a great start to my day."

4.0 Summer Sunset

Deb Nicholson

Acrylic on canvas

5.0 Kia Kaha

Deb Nicholson

Acrylic on canvas

6.0 Blooms

Denise Vaughan

Painting

7.0 Now I am living

Jessica Young

Mixed media on canvas

"My mental illness stopped me from doing a lot of things, but by far the worst thing was how it robbed me of my senses. It wasn't until I was in remission that I slowly started to see, smell, taste and hear things again; the freckles on my daughters face, the smell of my husband's collar, the burst of fresh blueberries, the giggles coming from the bathroom. During an art class at Belmont I started humming along to the music; something I hadn't done in years. My soul awoke in that moment. I had no idea how much I needed to HEAR that music. These are tiny pieces of gold that I didn't know I had lost and without them I was only just surviving. Now I am living."

8.0 Melt with You

Jessica Young

Watercolours

9.0 Flow

Tilly Leeman

Acrylic on Canvas

"Flow is a state of mind in which a person becomes fully immersed in an activity. Over 12 weeks, I participated in project art and felt this state of flow. I most enjoyed the freedom and surprising outcomes of paint pouring. I made "flow" to remind myself to 'ride the wave' and enjoy the moment.

10.0 Violence

Dallas Milligan

Acrylic on Canvas

"I discovered art through the Belmont Private Hospital mental health rehabilitation program. Thank you Belmont Private!"

11.0 Breath

Dallas Milligan

Acrylic on Canvas

12.0 Fur Baby Pride

Katrina Meldrum

Acrylic and glitter on canvas

"Anxiety led me down a deep isolating hole. Art lifted me out of this hole and took me to even greater heights. Discovering the creativity within me had been a positive of the pandemic. To find this late in life has been such a pleasant surprise. Whilst I am creating all my internal negative critical voices are silenced. To know I have created such pleasing artworks is a much needed boost to my self-esteem and a daily source of pleasure and motivation. I find drawing and painting offers me ways to express myself where words are not enough."

13.0 Butterflies

Katrina Meldrum

Acrylic on canvas

14.0 Untitled

Michelle Christiansen

Acrylic on canvas

Black abstract face winking

15.0 Tapestry of the mind

Michelle Christiansen

Multimedia on canvas.
Black background with rainbow textures embroidered.

16.0 Life is...

Rachel Rubio

Handwritten in watercolour

"Life is a tricky balance ....wonderful and beautiful, fragile and vulnerable; and everything in between. When we can embrace the season that we are in, we are better able to be fully present, seek the support we might need and truly live in the moment of this beautiful, awful, mundane and routine life."

17.0 My Peaceful Place

Heather R-Loof

Mixed media

"My peaceful place to go with my friend. A beach scene with bathers."

18.0 Beach Girl

Diane Larsen

Acrylic on canvas

"I am fascinated by the human face and figure and try to paint people in different ways. At the moment I am using bright colours to highlight shadows and light."

19.0 Swimmer

Diane Larsen

Acrylic on canvas

20.0 Rest Art Restart

Geoff Moule

This painting is about the effect art has in my mental well being.

When things get bad I need to rest, do some art, and then I am ready to continue with life.

It is all about taking time to rest and recover before facing more of life's challenges.

The curved lines represent my thought and emotional flow through the process of making art. Starting as heavy and dark in the top left, these lines become lighter, clearer and more colourful as an effect of the process.

21.0 Evil Clown

Lesley Burnheim

Acrylic on canvas

22.0 Hanging on by a Thread

Lesley Burnheim

Acrylic crayon on canvas

" This work was inspired by indigenous works of art. For me, it represents life with its good days where everything is fine and the more challenging days where you feel like you are just 'hanging on' It also represents life forms, especially plants which are a passion of mine, as gardening and painting are great therapies for me."

23.0 Space Kitty - Ground Control to Major Tom

Jenny Jump

Acrylic painting on canvas

" I have been making art and craft for over 30 years, and I am always learning new things. In 2005 I got a Bachelor of Fine Art from Griffith University and I have been attending art classes and artist run workshops for years. My art includes painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography. I've struggled with mental illness most of my life and other members of my family face the same struggle. I use art therapy to help me heal and to help me connect with the world around me."

24.0 I believe in dragons

Jenny Jump

Acrylic painting on canvas

25.0 Holly Dog

Donna Roberts

Acrylic on canvas

"Beloved therapy dog."

26.0 The Hidden Struggles

Donna Roberts

Acrylic on puzzle board

"What people do and don't see with mental health."

27.0 Untitled

Jaslyn Dugmore

Acrylic gold leaf on canvas

"Experimenting with mediums outside my typical pen and ink drawings had allowed me to practice self-compassion and an ability to sit more comfortably with imperfections."

28.0 Almost Midnight

Tanya Darl

Mixed media on canvas

29.0 Untitled

Michelle Marano

Acrylic on canvas

30.0 Untitled

Michelle Marano

Acrylic on canvas

31.0 Clockwork

Anonymous

"The realisation that not only does life bring joy and happiness but also…at times, darkness and despair. Recognising that life does not run like clockwork can assist us in accepting and managing the tough times, the suffering and the ultimate experiences of being human. Taking time to ‘pause and plan’ in enjoyable activities, time with friends and family or nature, can assist us in this balancing act we experience called living."

32.0 Untitled

D. Jurd

33.0 Untitled

D. Jurd

34.0 Shapes for inspiration

Denise Vaughan

Metallic ink on canvas

"Novice Artist - new to all mediums via project art and Youtube . Immersing myself in art improves my mood and lifts my self-esteem; for this I am eternally grateful."

35.0 The Art of Healing

Caroline Sanderson

Acrylic on canvas

"No matter how broken and closed off the heart can feel and bleed out into all facets of life...there are always shades of light and colours to pierce the darkness. This picture represents the juxtaposition of a heat in pain vs the beginnings of healing or allowing light to penetrate the self-imposed barriers and bring colour and richness back to life."

36.0 Love is Like a Tidal Wave

Caroline Sanderson

Acrylic on canvas

"Your love is like a tidal wave."

37.0 Fantasy House of Moooi Witness

Denise Vaughan

Paper on cardboard

38.0 My Healthy Tree

Heather T-Loof

Watercolour and texters

39.0 My Unhealthy Tree

Heather T-Loof

Watercolour and texters

40.0 Bolted

Brad Collins

Acrylic on canvas

"We all lose our nuts at one time but getting back to normal takes a team effort as we all come unscrewed."

41.0 Open Minded

Brad Collins

Acrylic on canvas

"We have black clouds hanging over us. We try to think and only moths come out. It's never a dead-end as we might have a few lose screws and we are a little bit nuts. But there is always light at the end of the tunnel."

42.0 Somewhere II

Tanya Darl

Acrylic and oil on canvas

43.0 Scared and Alone

Christine Kenavan

Acrylic and Foil on Canvas

"I'm alone...nobody cares. CPTSD has shattered my life...my so called friends have scattered. Relieved I am...over explaining...why I am tortured and sad. At times...I am mad, angry...in tears and very sad. CPTSD, why did you choose me?

44.0 Untitled

Michelle Marano

Acrylic and oil on canvas

45.0 Resilience and Growth

Ryan Greentree

Mixed media on paper

46.0 After Five

Courtney Cramer

Hand embroidery

"Each of my original designs is inspired by a place I would like to be, somewhere relaxing but glamourous. I think hand stitch the designs with highest quality thread for exquisite and long lasting vibrant colour. The scene take anywhere from 50-70 hours of work. Hand embroidery has become an important part of my art therapy challenging my creativity, focus, patience, problem solving and keeping a steady hand."

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What an amazing collection of entries we have received! Thank you to everyone who took time to enter our 2021 'Take Time' Art Show.

Ready to vote? Access the voting link below!

Now Cast Your Vote

Please take a moment to vote for your favourite piece through the short survey below. Winners of the People's Choice Award will receive the below prizes:

  • People's Choice Award: $50 cash prize

Please note: Only one vote per person will be valid.