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Small Things

Small Things Exhibition launch

Each year, approximately one in five Australians will experience a mental illness. On Tuesday 10 October 2017, World Mental Health Day, we will be holding a special event to launch the Small Things exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery, along with a panel discussion on mental health and wellbeing.

Small Things is a graphic novel created by talented Curtin graduate and artist Mel Tregonning, who sadly died from suicide before it could be published. Small Things tells the universal story of sadness through powerful and beautiful imagery, which will be exhibited throughout the John Curtin Gallery. It is the story of a little boy who feels alone with his worries, but learns that help is always close.

We are honoured to have three Curtin community members join us to discuss Small Things, and share their personal experiences relating to mental health:

  • Mrs Violet Tregonning – Mel's sister and Small Things Ambassador
  • Ms Tasha Broomhall – Director of Blooming Minds
  • Mr Trent Caldwell – Mentor at headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, and half-blind portrait artist

We hope you can join us and be a part of this important conversation.

Please note: Many of us will have experience with mental health issues, either personally or through someone close to us. As such, the nature of topics likely to be discussed at this event could raise difficult issues for some. Please consider any sensitivities you may experience. Mental health issues will be discussed very openly.

Event details

DATE Tuesday 10 October 2017
TIME 5.45pm - 6pm: Registration
6pm - 7pm: Presentations and panel discussion
7pm - 8pm: Exhibition and light refreshments

Brodie-Hall Atrium, John Curtin Gallery
Building 200A, Curtin University
Kent St, Bentley WA 6102

TICKET Complimentary
PARKING Parking is available in D3 carpark
RSVP By Tuesday 3 October 2017


Register now


About Mel

Mel was born in Perth, Western Australia on 15 April 1983. She lived with her family (father, mother, younger brother and sister) in the Perth suburb of Willetton. The young Mel loved Peanuts, Footrot Flats, Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield and Astro Boy and started cartooning in primary school.
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About the exhibition

Small Things will be exhibited at the John Curtin Gallery from 28 September to 28 October 2017. For more information on the exhibition and opening hours, please visit the John Curtin Gallery website.

Copies of Small Things will be available for purchase on the night of the event, and from the John Curtin Gallery throughout the exhibition. Copies of the book can also be purchased online on the Mel Tregonning website.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. For more information, please visit the World Mental Health Day website.

If you or anyone you know needs help, please call one of the following helplines: