The creative talents of artists have brought to life an exhibition designed to spark conversation about mental health in Tasmania.
Minds do Matter, produced by RANT Arts and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, includes more than 235 works of art and a range of mediums.
"Each work has a unique story to share, allowing visitors to wander through the exhibition to experience diverse perspectives on mental health across our community," acting general manager of Creative Arts and Cultural Services Dan Ryan said.
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"The process of creative practice is a really good way for people to manage mental health concerns."
Minds do Matter coincides with Mental Health Week and is inspired by this year's theme, Connect.
RANTS co-director Nathan Tucker said the impact of COVID-19 had been significant so exploring mental health and assisting community conversation was important.
"Art can provoke conversations and broach some very difficult conversations at times ... that is the power of art, especially if we are talking about the intersections between art and wellbeing," he said.
The exhibition has been held annually since 2009, with RANT Arts taking over the project in 2019.
City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said the exhibit offered an opportunity to check in with others and discuss difficult topics such as mental health.
"Art is a powerful way for many in our community to express themselves, supporting a healthy mental outlet," he said.
Minds do Matter will show from October 2 - December 5 at QVMAG, Inveresk.
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