Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition Returns to Inala Art Gallery

The annual Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition at the Inala Art Gallery is back this May 2022.  

Another year, another opportunity to check out some of the amazing art and crafts by Forest Lake Men’s Shed which is on display at the Inala Art Gallery starting 3 May 2022. The exhibit will showcase some of the Shed’s impressive artistic projects including paintings, wood crafts, toy soldiers and photography. 

About Forest Lake Men’s Shed

Forest Lake Men’s Shed had their inaugural exhibition at the Inala Art Gallery in 2020. Members of the Forest Lake Men’s Shed mostly do woodworking which in turn is sold to raise funds to support the local community. 

Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition
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The men’s shed provides local men with a place to do something worthwhile, make social connections and improve their health and wellbeing whilst contributing to the community. 

“Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions; many do not take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help.”

“Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mate-ship. And, importantly, there is no pressure.  Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for. “

Forest Lake Men’s Shed
Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition
Photo Credit: Inala Art Gallery /

According to one study on the effects of men’s shed on the health and wellbeing of its members, many of the men who come to their local Shed look for a way to adapt to a change including retirement or job loss; loss of a spouse or divorce; health issues and relocation.

The findings say that men in the Shed group score statistically significantly higher than the less socially active non-Shed group on:

  • Physical Functioning – the extent to which a person is limited by their health in performing a range of physical activities.
  • Role Physical – the effects of physical health on a person’s performance of their work or other activities they are able to do
  • General Health – Self-assessed health status
  • Vitality – a person’s energy levels
  • Mental Health – the amount of time a person experienced feelings of depression or happiness

About Inala Art Gallery

The Inala Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation that provides communities with a space where everyone can get involved in creative activities and display their artworks and crafts. The Gallery opened in 1977 by a group of volunteers and Les Bryant who was a local council member at the time and was its patron until 2018.

 Inala Art Gallery
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“The Year of the Outback” which was held in 2002, was one of the Gallery’s most outstanding exhibitions so far. The exhibition was hailed as one which had not been seen before in Brisbane suburbs due to the high quality of content and presentation.

The Forest Lake Men’s Shed Art and Craft Exhibition runs until 27 May 2022. Opening hours are from 10 am to 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday and from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays.

Inala Art Gallery | 37 Corsair Avenue, Inala