Creating art for social justice

The Social Justice Statement for 2021-21, To Live to the Full: Mental Health in Australia Today, provides the opportunity to better understand mental illness and how as social beings we need the bonds of family, friends and the broader community to celebrate the joys and hopes of life.

Individuals are invited to create a work based on the themes found in the Social Justice Statement, which will then form part of the Social Justice Art Exhibition held on 17 July at the Veritas Centre, Mayfield, where a winner will be announced.

You may choose to create an artwork in your own times, or attend an art workshop, which focuses on the Social Justice Statement and also includes prayer and reflection. The cost to attend is $10, which will be used to provide art supplies. 

Workshop Dates

Wednesday 28 April9.30am - 2.30pm, St Columban's Hall, Church St, Mayfield

Thursday 29 April, 9.30am - 2.30pm, Catholic Parish Office, Unit 5/16 Cambridge St, Singleton

Friday 30 April, 9.30am - 2.30pm, Community Centre, St Joseph's Parish, Kilaben Bay, 140 Wangi Rd, Toronto

Monday 3 May, 9.30am - 2.30pm, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 33 Lake St, Forster


To register to attend one of the above workshops, visit:

Artworks are due by 19 June and should be presented to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle reception at 841 Hunter St, Newcastle West. Artworks can be two or three-dimensional, but no larger than 1m x 1m. Entries should include the entrant's name, title of work, school and/or parish and phone number clearly labelled on the back. This information, plus a 150-word (maximum) artist statement must accompany the work. 

To find out more, please email

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