Garden of the Mind

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Sat 12 Oct, Lithgow: An immersive performance inspired by stories shared by locals about recovery and living with mental distress.

Saturday 12 October 2019 at 7.30pm at the State Mine Museum, Lithgow.

Garden of the Mind features music, video, installations and performances

created and performed by:

Katrina Douglas: Director

Sean Bacon: Video Artist

Peter Kennard: Musical Director and Composer

Erin Darcy: Song Writing Facilitator and composer

Mike Smith: Production Manager

James Daley: Producer

Sue Daley: Marketing and Communication


  • Mahala Williams
  • Lee Vincent
  • Mic Clarke
  • Tanya Marquardt
  • Ariel Elliot
  • Bev Coombs
  • Helen Swinton
  • Georgia Swinton
  • Suzanne Day
  • Raydyn Murdock
  • Erin Darcy
  • Zenka Haas
  • Robert and Jenny
  • Saaskia Girdler
  • Patrick O’Reilly
  • Paul Meverley
  • Sam Williams
  • Kate Aeberli
  • Bob Suter

Artwork and photography featured in installations:

  • Abstract Flame, Abstract Leaves, By the fire, Waterfall, by Andrew Norris
  • Seeds by Sue Daley
  • Lithgow my Town by Saaskia Girdler

With thanks to

To all those we interviewed during this project, thank you for entrusting us with your stories and allowing us to share them with the community. Your stories have resonated with us all and we believe they are incredibly important, as they will help this community work to eliminate stigma around mental health.

Mic Clarke from the Lithgow community mental health team for supporting us and deepening our understanding of trauma informed care.

To Leanne Walding, the community hub manager of Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre for her ongoing support, encouragement and inspiring enthusiasm.

The Hoskins church for the privilege of rehearsing in such a beautiful and welcoming space

Ray Christison and his team for welcoming this project to the state mine museum.

The funding generously supplied by Wentworth Health Care primary health network and for their continued confidence and trust in the project.

Arts Out West for ensuring the project ran smoothly behind the scenes.

The funding generously supplied by Wentworth Health Care primary health network and for their continued confidence and trust in the project.
Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN), is offering community grants under the Well-Being Grants to Support Farming Communities initiative. The initiative is funded by the Federal Government and is part of the ‘Empowering Our Communities’ program, one of a number of measures implemented
to support communities affected by drought.
The grants are supporting community groups and individuals to address immediate needs and foster long-term recovery and resilience within impacted communities.

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