A special art exhibition

March 1, 2013 by Ayal Tusia
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Melbourne’s Jewish Care has launched an exhibition of artwork by adults living with a mental health condition to raise awareness and support participants in their journey to recovery.

Marcia Pinskier, Jewish Care Board Member, Bronwen Taylor, Jewish Care Mental Health Team Leader and Sheryl Sacher, Group Facilitator.

Marcia Pinskier, Jewish Care Board Member, Bronwen Taylor,
Jewish Care Mental Health Team Leader and Sheryl Sacher, Group Facilitator.

The ‘Safe Places’ exhibition on display at Jewish Care’s George Kraus Building features works by clients of the Mental Health Program as part of the Safe Places Project. The program of art-based workshops began in October 2012 to support adults with a mental health condition towards their recovery by enabling them to create works that represent their concept of ‘safe places’.

Mental Health Team Leader Bronwen Taylor said it was not coincidental that the works used as their basis the ‘hamsa’, a palm-shaped amulet and recognised symbol of protection for Jewish people.

“The Safe Places Project encourages and supports clients to create art and stories reflecting ideas about places identified as making them feel safe, comforted and protected,” Ms Taylor explained.

“Whilst creating art is a rewarding process in itself, the opportunity to display participants’ art is a unique experience that enables them to share their work with family, friends and the broader community.”

She added: “So, if you have a moment, please take time to wander past and have a look at this positive and engaging exhibition.  Some of the artwork can also be purchased via reception.”

Jewish Care’s Mental Health Program provides recovery orientated groups for adults living with a mental health condition. Delivered by caring professionals, the service aims to foster a sense of belonging and connection with the community, and assist each person to recovery, independence and a meaningful life.

The ‘Safe Places’ exhibition will be on display in the George Kraus Building, 619 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, from 19 February to 8 March 2013.

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