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The Empathy Clinic at The Big Anxiety Festival


Photograph © Cynthia Sciberras.

Bobby Baker’s Diary Drawings make their Australian debut as part of The Empathy Clinic in The Big Anxiety Festival at UNSW Galleries, Paddington, Sydney.Baker’s touring exhibition, Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me 1997-2008, premiered at the Wellcome Collection in 2009. The accompanying book of the same name won the MIND Book of the Year 2011.

This smaller collection of 31 drawings, curated by Baker from the original exhibition, tell the story of her experiences of day hospitals, acute psychiatric wards, ‘crisis’ teams and a variety of treatments. They chart the ups and downs of her recovery, family life, work as an artist, breast cancer and just how funny all this harrowing stuff can be.

The Big Anxiety brings together artists, scientists and communities to question and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century. Contributing artists are Bobby Baker, Sherre DeLys, John A Douglas and Stella Topaz, fEEL, Grant Jonathon (HTMLflowers), Ilawanti Ungkutjuru Ken and Naomi Kantjuriny, Debra Keenahan, Sam Kerr-Phillips, Lee Lai, Leigh Ledare, Eugenie Lee, Jason Maling, Amanda McDowell, Vic McEwan, r e a and Judy Atkinson, Thom Roberts, Wart and Phil Downing, Uti Kulintjaku Initiative. It is curated by Jill Bennett and Bec Dean and runs until 16 November 2019.

Location: UNSW Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, Australia

Dates: 27 September - 16 November 2019

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Closed Public Holidays

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