Monte Art Exhibition

April 2, 2012 by Sarah Hanniffy
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The Montefiore Home held it Resident Art Exhibition which ran for seven days as part of Seniors Week, when the spotlight was on the inspiring talents and skills that seniors have to offer the community.

Ruth Shell with Joanna Capon

The exhibition was opened on Wednesday the 14th March by Joanna Capon AM MA, leading art consultant and Member of Montefiore’s Art Committee.

The Art exhibition celebrates the creative work accomplished by the Residents of the Montefiore Home at Randwick and is organised by the Art therapy team who run creative arts and crafts programs on an ongoing basis.

The majority of Residents who join the art session have no background in art, however they are keen to be engaged in a creative activity and challenge themselves. The Diversional and Creative Therapies staff are assisted by a dedicated and talented group of volunteers from the community who support us

Ruth Katz, Cato Klein and Joanna Capon

in our daily programs and thereby enable us to offer a person-centered approach. Art therapy has many benefits for the elderly and as well as providing an expressive outlet it provides a sense of purpose for the Resident and promotes wellbeing. ‘Art has a healing potential,’ said Joanna Capon at the exhibition opening. She talked about art as encouraging personal growth, independence, self-direction and expanding knowledge. ‘It can facilitate a pathway to emotional expression by drawing on past experience and allow a person to explore the relationship between creativity and meaningful ageing,’ said Joanna. We also have thriving art departments at our Hunters Hill and Woollahra campuses. Art therapy is one of the wide range of Allied health services offered Montefiore Home.

Montefiore runs such events as part of its commitment to our Residents quality of life, designed to keep Residents active, involved and engaged in society.

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