Everything is Connected with Everything Else: Myco Logic

This exhibition presents fungi-inspired artwork made by mental health consumers, their carers and family members in a creative exchange project that explores ideas of connection and community.

This exhibition is a public platform for the artwork made by participants in a new arts program at Cumberland Hospital facilitated by visual artist Elizabeth Day and coordinated by Claire Taylor.

The new arts program engages mental health consumers as well as their carers and family members in an innovative creative exchange, making fungi-inspired artwork. MYCO LOGIC is based on the image of fungi and their underground mycelial root structures, networks that transmit nutrients between species beneath forest floors. For Day, this non-centred image is a metaphor for community.

In practical workshops, the program fosters connections between contributors and reconnects participants with their creativity through the process of making hand-crafted fungi together, skills sharing and visual storytelling. By involving consumers as artist participants in the program as well as family and carers, MYCO LOGIC aims to assist in building support networks within and outside of the hospital.

Participants artwork will be brought together in an aggregated installation by Elizabeth Day.

After this exhibition, MYCO LOGIC will continue to evolve as a participatory project in the hospital and pavilion until December 2017.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. MYCO LOGIC has been developed with consumer and carer advocates, and the Recovery Services team at Cumberland Hospital (WSLHD, NSW Health). The exhibition venue has been supported by Property NSW. The exhibition is presented as part of The Big Anxiety: festival of arts + science + people, NSW Mental Health Month and National Carers Week.

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