17 September - 16 October


The exhibition Together We Travel celebrates the artworks created over the last year at the Day Activity Centres – a community-based day activity service for people who have been referred through the Southern District Health Board’s Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services. The artists participating in this exhibition choose to work in a large variety of mediums, reflecting their diversity and the unique journeys of recovery for each individual.


Together We Travel also celebrates the connections and relationships necessary to maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing. People attending the Day Activity Centres speak of a feeling of kinship, shared understandings, and community as they engage in purposeful activities.


The three Southern Day Activity Centres offer recovery-oriented programme activities that provide support and education sessions for people living with mental illness in the community. The Centres play a pivotal role in assisting people in their journey towards wellness, building on therapeutic alliances already established within the community, and helping people to develop life and living skills in a social environment. Closer links within the wider community create a sense of belonging whilst allowing people fulfilment and self-expression in arts and creative pursuits.


This exhibition will be on display in the Community Access Gallery, from Saturday, 17 September until Sunday, 16 October 2016, at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery Niho o te Taniwha, 108 Gala Street, Invercargill.