EXPLORERS in Sydney, Australia

The Big Anxiety, based in Sydney Australia, brings together artists, scientists and communities to question and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century.

A radically new kind of international arts festival, in which every project is an open conversation, designed to promote curiosity, awareness and action, The Big Anxiety presents over 60 events across Greater Sydney, tackling the major anxieties of our times, as well as the stresses and strains of everyday life.

The Big Anxiety is an initiative of UNSW Sydney in association with the Black Dog Institute and over 25 partners in the cultural, education and health sectors.


28 - 7 October 2019
Art Is For Everyone at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney including an exhibition, workshops, seminar and screening of Illuminating the Wilderness.


1 - 4 October 2019

At the MCA, Project Art Works, the UK’s leading artist-led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs, will facilitate the creation of a large-scale installation. Starting with a series of huge blank paper banners, this installation will come to life with drawings and paintings made by participants over two days during the Art is for Everyone weekend.

This event is part of the Art is for Everyone weekend, a free 2-day celebration of access and inclusion, and is presented in partnership with the The Big Anxiety, Australia’s largest mental health event.

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As part of the weekend’s programme MCA will also debut the new film Illuminating the Wilderness (2018) for Australian audiences.

The film is being shown as part of the EXPLORERS project, a 3-year program of art and conversation led by Project Art Works in partnership with cultural organisations across the UK and in Australia.

Find out more about the Art is for Everyone weekend at

Find out more about the film screening here


Big Anxiety Festival of Arts Science and People 16 – 30 September 2017

Kate Adams, Tim Corrigan and Patricia Finnegan travelled to Sydney to take part in the Big Anxiety Festival, connect with individuals and organisations from the social care sector and research for an exhibition and potential collaborations as part of Big Anxiety 2019. 

As part of the festival Kate Adams’ artwork The Not Knowing of Another was installed in the AD Space, University of New South Wales, Paddington Campus. The three-screen video installation tracks a familiar walk taken by her son Paul from multiple angles to imagine what it’s like to explore the world through a state of profound cognitive difference.

Diversity of Perception Seminar, 22 September

On 22 September they hosted a seminar entitled Diversity of Perception: A Seminar on Radical Inclusiveness for neurotypical and neurodiverse artists and makers, curators, cultural engagement professionals, care agencies, cultural, health and social care policy makers. Through presentations and provocations they discussed the question: We are a neurologically diverse society; we perceive and experience the world di­fferently. How can art help us understand diversity of perception?

While in Sydney they met a number of different individuals and organisations from across the region who are interested in working in partnership with Explorers in 2019 including NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, Participate Australia, Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association and Down Syndrome NSW. They also made contact with and visited the curators at Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Access Programs Producer at Art Gallery NSW and the Director of Studio A as potential partners and/or venues for a new commission.

Blue Mountains Field Trip, 23 - 27 September

While in Australia, the Project Art Works team undertook a visit to the Blue Mountains National Park, wild camping with kangaroos to take film and sound recordings for Illuminating the Wilderness, a new commission central to the work of Explorers.

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