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 Contemporary Art
  At The Vanishing Point - Contemporary Art Inc.
565 King Street
(02) 9519 2340
0430 083 364
Gallery Hours:
Thursday - Sunday

20 September - 14 October 2012
Beautiful Minds II

curated by Jessica Ann Leffley

David Abello, Georgia Banks, Jason S.G. White, Katherine Aynsley,

Lachlan Nicholls, Lisa Hogben, Liza Kaplan, Rachael Mackay, Neil Tomkins

Beautiful Minds II features artworks by nine artists from broad artistic fields who with their artworks explore the way

in which mental illness has impacted their lives, whether it be themselves, a family member, or a friend.


Nine courageous artists, who through their creative practice encourage their audience to challenge the taboos

surrounding mental illness, through mediums of photographic collage, performance, photography, painting, video,

documentary and sculpture.


Beautiful Minds II (2012) is the second exhibition (following Beautiful Minds, 2011, Index. St.Peters.) curated by

Jessica Leffley, under her Beautiful Minds Project (BMP).


BMP is an artist-run-initiative, which endeavors to promote awareness of mental illnesses and provide support

for those who suffer from a mental illness, or have experiences with family or friends who share the same struggle.


Over the past three years Leffley has been concentrating on the effectiveness of catharsis in art used as therapy,

not only in her studies but also in her personal life.


“My personal struggles have directed me towards the study of art as therapy, using the skills I have learnt

to encourage others to use creative processes that have provided me respite both in the past and present.”


My research into mental health, art and catharsis has encouraged me to take it further and create a

sustainable project, which will help others. I would like to welcome you to the second year of the

Beautiful Minds Project.” Jessica Ann Leffley


Jessica Leffley has recently completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Sydney Collage of Arts (2012), and is

currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate of Arts majoring in Curatorship, Sydney University.


This exhibition is supported by the Beautiful Minds Project and ATVPs Emerging Curator Mentorship program

supported by The Visual Arts and Craft Strategy and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

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