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Art Competition Gallery 2021
Welcome to Palliative Care Australia’s 2021 Art Competition gallery! Palliative Care Australia’s annual Art Competition is back for its 6th year.
This year’s competition theme is “Live as well as possible, as long as possible”.
This theme highlights an important aspect of palliative care – allowing people with life-limiting conditions to continue to do the things they enjoy most and be around the people they love for as long as possible.
In keeping with this theme, entries are asked to 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, and fulfilment.
Submissions and public voting for the art competition have now closed for 2021.
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As the light shines brightest through the darkest storm, the memory becomes imprinted in our mind. Just as treasured moments with those we love are imprinted on our hearts, gifts of light to lift us through the heavy challenges we may face.
I spent a magical day with the amazing artist John Turton on the verandah of his home weeks prior to his passing. We got lost in our work, absorbed by nature, trying to capture the magic of clouds which is was known for. I didn't realise the long lasting impact of this day, every time I see a magical sunrise, sunset or cloud I thank John for the appreciation of nature that he so gently shared with me. This was the last painting I did with him, I hope it stirs something in you too..
Red earth cries in drought
A thirst for rain it seems impossible,
lost in the cracks a life limiting condition.
A Sister sits as her younger Sister is Dying, unable to quench her thirst.
Her only want is for cups of tea.
With a nasogastric tube (NGT)in place a devoted Sister makes cups of tea with love and laughter stirred in.
Each cup drank then aspirated from the NGT by her big Sister with as much love.
Fulfilling a thirst to what was important
Opportunities created to live well.
For tea was possible
Written By a Palliative Care Nurse
My piece is of a moment in time with my first and only grandson.
It's these moments when I forget he has Niemann- Pick disease and will not live beyond three years.
We always have his comfort and needs at the forefront of our minds, so he does live as well and as long as possible. He has surpassed expectations by making it to 2 years and 7 months. I chose to paint this as he appears just like any other child of his age, which is not the case now. I wanted to remember his ability to laugh.
As a nurse the ‘live as well as possible as long as possible’ is my encouragement and goal for those entrusted into my care.
I feel this is reflected in my artwork through the images of the lady present in her youthful dreams, dancing, enjoying a beautiful bubble bath, dressed for an evening out.
While the Angel and the Nurse provide care for her ensuring she is supported physically, emotionally and spiritually to live as well as she can as long as she can.
Wearing a lovely makeup and the best clothes and hat that she has, she still remembers that she loves a cone ice cream. enjoying the simple things and being grateful for each moments are of my main attention in this artwork.