Inspired to create
Art while we're apart.
The familiar saying, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ was taken to a whole new level at Uniting during a COVID-challenged 2020, and resulted in the running of an art competition across all of our aged care services.
In May 2020, as part of our Staying Connected & Engaged project, we put a call out to all Uniting residents in aged care and independent living, and our home and community care clients, to get creative as a way to counteract feelings of isolation brought on by physical distancing restrictions.
Our Art while we’re apart competition proved an important way to help create connectedness and purpose, while creating works of art. As an added incentive to put paintbrush to paper, or wool to knitting needle, prizes were offered from many generous sponsors.
Artworks from groups and individuals were submitted throughout June and July, and by competition’s close, nearly 500 artworks were entered by almost 250 Uniting residents and clients across 6 categories:
In October 2020, an exhibition showcasing the impressive array of art was staged as a physical gallery at Arjo Australia for limited COVID-safe viewing, and an online gallery for virtual viewing.
Visit the online gallery to view the many artworks, including painted canvases, woodwork, knitting, and even a ship made from found objects.
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