WayAhead is excited to invite you to submit an art work for this year’s Mental Health Month
Based around the theme “Tune In” we are looking for artworks that represent how we can
tune in to connection, community, allyship, and resilience.
There are two categories: Adults (over 18) with lived experience of mental distress, mental
ill-health, or as a carer of someone with mental ill-health or distress; and under-18
There will be one winner from each category, and winners will receive $500, and their
poster will be printed and distributed to organisations and businesses across NSW for
Mental Health Month!
All entries will be featured in an online gallery.
What do I need to include?
For the last two years our “Tune In” posters have include a circle with “Tune In this Mental
Health Month” – your submission should include a space somewhere for this circle to fit
(can be left blank in your artwork) – please see the images below for reference.
However, how you include this circle is up to you.
Artists should consider accessibility and inclusivity of their submission, including colour
contrast, visual focus, and appropriate use of icons and imagery.
You can use any medium that can be reproduced digitally, including, but not limited to,
painting, collage, digital artwork, drawing. Please note that photographs must not include
You do not need to include any text – this is something we will add later, though we will
consult you regarding position and size of text.
Lived experience includes anyone who identifies as having lived experience of mental ill-
health and/or distress, this can include people with diagnosed mental health conditions,
people who have experienced trauma, and people who experience social impacts and/or
oppressions that cause distress. There is no “proof” of lived experience required – our aim is
to make space to elevate the voices and work of people with lived experience.
Winners will be decided by a panel that includes people with lived experience, people who
work in mental health promotion, and artists.
The competition closes on July 4th and all entrants will be notified of their outcome by the
11th of July.
How to submit
You can submit a photograph, digital file, or physical artwork in 300dpi.
You can upload your artwork be emailing your submission to
firstname.lastname@example.org – the subject line must read “Poster competition
Please include a brief (150 words) explanation of your artwork and how it relates to the
theme, as well as a brief biography. Please clearly indicate which category you are
If you would like to submit via post, please ensure that your artwork arrives prior to the
closing date. You are welcome to submit via post and send a photograph of your artwork
and relevant information to the above email in case there are any postal delays.
For assistance and enquiries, please email here