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Art Competition Gallery 2020
Welcome to Palliative Care Australia’s 2020 Art Competition gallery! PCA’s art competition aims to raise awareness in the community about palliative care, end-of-life care, death and bereavement. This theme for the competition was “Palliative Care… It’s more than you think!” which aimed to challenge common misconceptions about palliative care. Artists were encouraged to think beyond the care provided at the very end of life, and instead focus on how palliative care can improve quality of life, help people participate in activities that are important to them, and create opportunities for love, laughter, creativity, and fulfilment.
Winners were as follows:
2020 Overall Winner: “Just One More Chocolate Éclair ” by Eve Jeffery
Emerging Artist Award: “Every Second Counts” by Cindy Bilangan
Young Artist Award: “Chains and Cranes” by Fiona Liu
People’s Choice Award: “Never Lose Hope” by Mishaa Shah
PCA Staff Choice Award: “Venture” by Jennifer Colbron”
By John Derrick
I am a nurse and 'Transition' is a painting I did of one of my patients I looked after when I was working at a nursing home many years ago. I have found it a privilege to work with patients at the end stage of their lives. I am in awe of the mystery around dying and I like to believe that it is transition from our physical bodies into another non-physical state. I do not fear death my own death, and I think it can be a time of much beauty.
By Trees cove
The road and cove leading the way through time
By Judith Franklin
This Vibrant art work depicts life journey and trail of generations of families and the connections across the song line. The U shapes represents people and extended family movements. The centre and outer circles connecting families, friends and resting areas amongst the beautiful bush flowers and waterholes and the flow of our native flora and fauna. Singing songs about love life and happiness enriches people lives and is a form of communication which has been in our culture for many generations. As you move closer and engage with the painting you see complexities become apparent in the person life
When my mother was a Palliative Care patient our family felt supported and reassured that she was receiving great care but more than that, she was seen as a person who had led a creative and interesting life. She enjoyed sharing her memories and reminiscing over her ninety years of life experience.
During this period, I was studying Fine art and beginning to paint which pleased Mum as she had also studied Art. I have inherited her creative genes and found solace in painting her portrait during that emotional time to recognize and celebrate her life and many achievements.
Strings of Heart
By Karen Ekadjaja
Through my own experience with loss, I believe that when someone we hold dear passed away, they took a piece of ourselves too. The glowing hearts represent the person's family or friends surrounding them during their hardest times. Having your loved ones around you gives you the strength to live on, and I'm grateful that there is such thing as Palliative Care that gives people with life-limiting illness the quality of life.
My painting is of a man who represents the earth and elements and time passing. He is kind, patient, serene and wise. I'd stay over night with my great grandmother who was in palliative care, spending the last of her time with her. They key words I used to to describe father time are the words I would use to describe being in the palliative room with her. There was no where else I would want to be, then in that peaceful room holding her timeless hand.