Artists in the frame at Werribee

Wyndham Vale resident Callum Sampson with one of his paintings. Photo by Joe Mastroianni.

By Alesha Capone

Artworks by more than 35 artists who have a disability or mental illness are being displayed as part of an exhibition at Pacific Werribee.

The artX Wyndham (formerly KarnivART) show, an initiative of the genU organisation, will be held until Sunday, July 29.

genU chief executive Mike McKinstry said the organisation supported people who experienced disability or mental illness “to live their best life”.

artX provides an important platform for participating artists to have their work seen by a wide audience, which is a big step in the professional development of all artists,” he said.

Works featured in the exhibition, which is sponsored by MatchWorks with support from Wyndham council and Pacific Werribee, will be available to buy during the event.

Wyndham Vale resident Callum Sampson, 27, has a painting featured in the exhibition.

Sampson said the inspiration behind his painting was a family trip to Yarrawonga, during which he saw a lake that had been drained, showing several tree stumps.

“I like to paint with lots of colour, especially sunsets,” he said.

“I have been involved with three art exhibitions now and have sold all of my artwork.

“I am very excited to see my artwork on display at Pacific Werribee, along with all my fellow artists from genU.”

The exhibition is near the entrance to Myer between Swarovski and Duff’s Jewellers.