The Big Anxiety

The Big Anxiety

Hard Place/Good Place: Yarra Ranges

Image: Volker Kuchelmeister

Edge of the Present

Photo: Jessica Maurer

Lost in Serenity by Lucinda Makin

Image Lucinda Makin - Polly McQuinn Falls - acrylic on canvas - Lost in Serenity

To the fallen trees

Child reading a letter to the fallen tree pile at One Tree Hill, 2022; Photo: care of the artists.

Daniel Regan (UK) Photography Workshop

Daniel Regan Workshops - Abondoned

As part of The Big Anxiety Melbourne Naarm 2022, Yarra Ranges Council proudly presents a program of exhibitions, installations and events across the region. The program showcases how the arts can provide the means to connect – to develop rich and empowering ways to communicate and share complex experience. Not just art about mental health, The Big Anxiety showcases projects that are a catalyst for change, by asking cultural, social and philosophical questions about what helps and hinders our collective mental health. 

Yarra Ranges has a long history as a place of health, wellbeing and healing. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the catastrophic storms of June 2021 has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of the community within the Yarra Ranges like never before. 

The program across Yarra Ranges is an opportunity to open and continue conversations around mental health and wellbeing during this critical period of recovery for our communities.

The Big Anxiety is presented in partnership by Yarra Ranges Council, RMIT and UNSW. To learn more and view the full Melbourne program, visit


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