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Art Competition Gallery
Welcome to the Connection with Community gallery! Hover over an artwork to learn more about it.
Overall winner – Dying for a Cuppa by Karen Benjamin, QLD
People’s Choice winner – A light touch by Kerrie Marriott Anderson, VIC
Palliative Care Australia winner – Float by Shara Jenkins, NSW
Dying For A Cuppa
By Karen Benjamin
As a casual worker at a funeral home I make a lot of cups of tea for members of the community who are planning a funeral or grieving for a friend or family member. At times the grief seems overwhelming. The gesture of a cup of tea and the chance to speak openly about death and dying soothes the soul. This dress has been sewn together with the teabags from grieving family, friends and staff from the funeral home.
Spirit of Australia
By Judy Banks
Our history and ancestors are a major connection to our community. If we understand where we come from and how we got here, we have an identity which helps us communicate with each other in a more empathetic way. Our lives will have more meaning and we have a better chance of feeling that we belong.
In today's busy world of living in the "now", we don't allow ourselves to remember where and who we came from. We can feel isolated and alone. By discovering our ancestors, we can claim a connection with our community.
By Sue Daley
This is a celebration of my home town and how I have found myself in a community that creates and sustains an environment that enables people to explore the possibilities of their lives. This image is constructed from things I value in my community. A sense of place and interconnectedness, history and story telling. It also reflects that when we are born into strong communities that strength stays with us wherever we find ourselves in the world.
By Sarah L Walker
My mother's retirement village has a family lunch every month - and this lovely Croatian lady, Maria, always sits alone, facing the wall. I asked the staff if she'd join us but they said the window light is too bright and she prefers this table. She says a prayer, eats her meal and leaves. But I love that Maria joins the family lunch every month, although she could eat in her room - she chooses company and she's included, even when she faces the wall. We are different, with different needs but we all desire and deserve connection with others.
By Rosalie Burns
As the Chrysanthemum flower spread from China, across the globe, it has held a special symbolism in many cultures and communities, but all have a connection to the heart. The yellow Chrysanthemum is said to represent a lost love or sorrow. With an expression of contemplation and reflection, she gently stirs the depths of our emotions and ever so softly, like a waft of the flower's perfume, bitter sweet memories return to us in drifts and waves.
Into the sun my son
By Laura Petruccelli
My son Ivànovic spent 8 months of his 10 months and 24 days of life inside the hospital mostly unable to move more than a metre from oxygen connected to the wall or some sort of breathing support.
On this day just days after we spoke with palliative care and just days before he passed away,
I took him outside so the sun could kiss his face there we were connected, connected to the community that we had looked at through his hospital room window.
It would be his last walk