The art of secret confessions

Posted on Tuesday, 13th September, 2016

The team at Manning Regional Art Gallery needs your input to create a unique new exhibition starting this Friday 16 September. 

Whether it’s a confession, a piece of advice you’ve been given, or a secret you’ve never been able to tell, now’s your chance to share it anonymously, and be part of a stunning interactive art exhibition, The Wall Project: Confession, with your secrets lovingly embroidered by artist Celina Jayne.

Celina Jayne is a Sydney-based artist who interacts with everyday people through embroidery.  Each confession or quote, provided anonymously, is embroidered onto a small square of calico which becomes part of the art installation for other viewers to read.  The constantly-changing exhibition will build progressively as people participate and more embroidered pieces are added.

Rachel Piercy, Acting Art Gallery Director, explains “This is a really unique concept that relies on the interaction of our local community.  The end result will be driven by their contributions, and will not only be aesthetically stunning, but provide deep insight into who we are as a community”.

To take part in this exciting initiative, visit the Gallery and complete a confession card between Friday 16 September and Sunday 9 October.  Contributions will be collected from the confession box then posted to the artist, who will create the embroidered pieces and return them to the Gallery for installation on The Wall.

“To launch the project here in Taree, we’ll use pieces embroidered by Celina Jayne during an exhibition she recently held in Redfern”, adds Rachel. “But it’s our locals who will really bring the installation to life, and we’re hoping to see people from all walks of life embrace the concept and help us create something wonderful”.

Coinciding with the launch of the Wunderkammer – The Cabinet of Wonders exhibition, The Wall Project: Confession will be on display from Friday 16 September, running through to Sunday 16 October during normal gallery hours. 

The Manning Regional Art Gallery is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.  For more information about both these exciting new exhibitions, visit