Profiling the art and life of artist, mental health advocate and author Richard McLean, this film provides invaluable insights into one individual’s journey with mental illness while highlighting his creativity and fortitude.
Richard, a trained and exhibiting multimedia artist and advocate, is also the author of Recovered Not Cured: a journey through schizophrenia, 2003 and Ego and Soul, 2008 (egoandsoul.com).
This poignant film documents Richard’s art practices, artistic influences, relationships and activities, and features interviews with the artist, his family and a colleague.
As both a documentary and an educational resource, this film represents a significant addition to The Cunningham Dax Collection’s recordings of artists’ stories.
The Cunningham Dax Collection, located in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the world’s largest collections of creative works made by people with an experience of mental illness and/or psychological trauma. With works dating from the late 1940s to the present day, this collection includes drawings, paintings, textiles, ceramics, mixed media objects and artist’s books acquired from clinical and non-clinical settings.
The Collection’s mission is to promote widely a greater understanding of people who experience mental illness and/or psychological trauma, and to foster an appreciation of their creativity through the preservation and ethical presentation of their original works.
• Artworks (selected works held in the Cunningham Dax Collection)
• Profile of the Cunningham Dax Collection.