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Youth, Interrupted

Youth, Interrupted

Youth, Interrupted presents artworks created by young people in their teens and twenties whose lives were disrupted by mental illness or psychological trauma. With reference to their personal stories, the art of these young individuals provides powerful insights into their emotional experiences, their concerns, interests and artistic influences.

The paintings, drawings, ceramics and visual diaries have been created in a variety of contexts ranging from psychiatric hospital art programs, undertaken in the1950s until the 1980s, to contemporary settings, which range from private studios, community art programs, VCE and tertiary art programs and even a Sri Lankan disaster relief camp.


Loretta Shepherd

Exhibition History

The Dax Centre, Melbourne, April – November 2010


The Gordon Gallery, Geelong 18/05/2011 – 03/06/2011