Blue Fringe Arts originated as the Adrienne Brown Awards in 1992. Adrienne Brown, born in 1969, was a young woman who suffered from Schizophrenia. Her long struggle with her illness was relieved, at times, by her love for poetry, the arts and music. Sadly, she took her own life in 1990. Lois Denham, a local, dedicated mental health worker, came up with the idea of forming a Trust for Adrienne.
Performing much of the groundwork, and assisted by other volunteers and health workers, Lois, in consultation with Adrienne’s parents Jan and Geoff Brown, established the Adrienne Brown Awards.
In 2000, after Jan and Geoff Brown relocated from the Blue Mountains, the awards continued, but under the new name of ‘Blue Fringe’. These awards celebrate and acknowledge the creativity of people who have had a lived experience of mental illness.
There Are Two Blue Fringe Festivals Each Year:
The Literature Evening and Awards, in May
The Visual Arts Exhibition and Awards, in October.
The Blue Fringe Arts Committee continues to be an example of community and health partnerships.