21 October 2021

Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains)—The Blue Fringe Art and Literature Festival celebrates the creativity of people with a lived experience of mental illness - aiming to raise awareness and create positive conversations about mental illness and the benefits of creativity for mental well-being and resilience. "Blue Fringe is an opportunity to be heard, to be seen. It opens up conversations. It brings mental illness out of the darkness and into the light." That such incredible works of art and literature have been brought to life in such challenging circumstances is a real testament to the Blue Fringe Committee. Thanks to the Organising Committee for Blue Fringe - workers from Springwood Neighbourhood Centre, Belong Blue Mountains, Stride Mental Health and Blue Mountains Women's Health and Resource Centre and a very committed and passionate team of wonderful volunteers. Expressing pressures through art and literature is critical to well-being, particularly this year. It is a delight to announce this year's winners are both youth entrants. The Winner in the Participants Choice in Art – is Belle Balandin de Chalain for 'His Garden' and the Winner in the Participants choice in Literature – is Tehya Holmes for 'The Hearts Arrow'. Congratulations to everyone!