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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
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.
'Reach out and touch somebody's hand, make this world a better place if you can.' The lyrics in this song famously sung by Diana Ross are poignant when it comes to connecting with our community. We should never underestimate a simple smile, kind word or a warm embrace. It's time to put our mobile phones down and take the time to connect with each other before it's too late...
Forever the fisherman
By Rachel Rizk
In good times, my father was a fisherman. A thin, nylon line tethering him to an army of anglers. Long summers spent among “the optimists” – as he called them – all waiting patiently to hook the big one.
In bad times, my father was a fisherman. His quest to catch the big one quashed by disease. With beer in hand, his fishing trips grew more reflective, as energy and will drained from him.
In death, my father swims with the fish. A smattering of dust, forever connecting him to the community of fishers.
Pink Callistemon is an artwork that I drew for my dying mother whilst she was in Pallative care. The artwork is reflective of the laughter, joy and abundance of relationship that mum and I shared together. Native flowers are my mothers favourite flora as they are hardy, beautiful, easily accessible and can be grown within most communities around Australia. The callistemon variety colour range is representative of the diverse communities which are throughout Australia. Native plants can connect our communities on a small scale though conversation commonalities. Pink Callistemon meaning; flowers are a soul in full flight and blossom.
Don't Panic, Don't Attack
By Baaqiy Ghazali
Predation is the theme for my solo exhibition this year that comment of human predatory behaviors through big cats actions. This piece specifically talks about the state of panic caused by unfounded fear. This is portrayed through the goldfishes swimming to the top of the bowl, 'escaping’ the perceived danger, symbolized through the tigers that are actually patterns on the tabletop. I wanted to comment on attacks towards civilians all around the world based on prejudice and misinformation especially police brutality on African American community, attacks on innocent Muslims, and recent bombing and stabbing by terrorist in the U.K.
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