Applications to exhibit are now open for the 2022 Recovered Futures Art Exhibition

A mainstay on the Brisbane art calendar and major Queensland Mental Health Week event, the Recovered Futures Art Exhibition showcases the talents of artists with a lived experience of mental illness while raising awareness of mental health, recovery and wellbeing.

Artists with a lived experience of mental illness interested in selling their work are invited to complete an application before Sunday 26 June 2022

About the application process

All applications must be received by Sunday 26 June 2022. A completed application includes:

  • an application form completed in full.
  • payment of an $11.00 entry fee.
  • booking an artwork drop-off appointment. Note: artwork is dropped off for review by the Curator and supported by a selection panel, and appointment dates commence from mid-July 2022.

To complete the application online, scroll down to the application button. You will be guided through the form and payment, and once submitted, provided with a link to make your artwork drop-off appointment.

If you are unable to complete your application online, contact our team.

Exhibiting artists need to identify as:

  • having a personal lived experience of mental illness and/or
  • being a family member, carer or providing voluntary support to someone with a lived experience.

For artwork to be an eligible entry, it must:

  • not exceed 120cm in either length or width inclusive of frame and weigh less than 5kg.
  • hang safely/securely and be fitted with D ring hangers 100mm from the top of the work and wire or picture hanging cord (polyester).
  • have a reasonable sale price and not be listed as ‘not for sale’ or ‘by negotiation’.
  • be clean, undamaged, finished, presented to a high standard, either framed or stretched onto canvas and not have been exhibited before at a Recovered Futures Art Exhibition.
  • be original and not considered offensive or inappropriate, aligning with the values of the exhibition.
  • All entries submitted will be presented for review by the Curator and supported by a selection panel, from which works will be selected to exhibit.
  • Artworks will be selected based on eligibility criteria and curatorial considerations including but not limited to concept, workmanship, originality and exhibition fit.
  • Once the pre-selection process has been completed, all entrants will be advised of the outcome at the end of August 2022.
  • The selection panel and Curator’s decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
  • Artwork not selected to be exhibited will be returned to the nominated RFQ location at RFQ’s earliest convenience.
  • Artwork selected for the 2022 Recovered Futures Art Exhibition will be showcased from Saturday 8 to Thursday 13 October in Brisbane City Hall and King George Square and then online until Sunday 30 October.
  • Return of unsold works will occur early to mid November.

For full details about the application process, please read the Terms and Conditions.

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Two people viewing artwork

“What I found fascinating, going through the exhibition, was knowing that everyone has gone through a similar journey. Not the same, but there are shared experiences. Looking at the artwork, you could see that people were at various points on that journey too – some were regaining control and others were still unmoored, like ships at sea. It was an honour to be in such good company.” Dean Crozier, 2021 Exhibiting Artist


For questions about the application process, read our Artist and Artwork Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Alternatively, contact our Art Exhibition Team during business hours on 07 3363 2555 or

Woman standing in front of two colourful artworks. She is looking intently at the pieces.

“The 2021 Recovered Futures Art Exhibition was so special to me because it was the first time I was proud of myself in a very long time. It was the first time I felt I’d achieved something, from start to finish. I was at the exhibition practically every day, because I was so stoked to be in this incredible exhibition in the centre of the city. I honestly can’t tell you how stoked I was – this stuff never happens to me!” Danielle Hodgson, 2021 Exhibiting Artist