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EMBRACING THE ORDINARY MOMENT
WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER - FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2021
THE BOB HAWKE PRIME MINISTERIAL CENTRE'S KERRY PACKER CIVIC GALLERY

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (Thursdays until 6pm)
Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide MAP
Commissioned and presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Neami National

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“Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones." - Bruce Garrabrandt

Embracing The Ordinary Moment is the fourth Neami exhibition at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery. Bringing together a diverse array of artists' works; each expressing how they have found resilience throughout the pandemic by not just engaging in the small and ordinary moments of the day but embracing them as stepping stones to foster their creativity, drive and wellbeing.

Featuring artworks by local emerging artists who attend the art programs run by Neami National, a community mental health service supporting people living with mental health issues to pursue a life based on their own strengths, values and goals as they engage in their individual recovery.

Neami and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre values the importance art plays in recovery and through this opportunity we aim to foster greater creative expression, self-confidence and professional achievements.

Neami National is committed to cultivating inclusive environments for consumers, carers and staff. We celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.  

Hero Image: Left, Human Leg, Stevan Howison, Right, Winters Rain, LH 

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ARTISTS

ASHTON SCHILLING
Ashton Schilling is originally from the Great Southern of Western Australia and is now living in Murray Bridge after having lived in Perth, Melbourne, Mooloolaba, Mt Tom Price and Coober Pedy. Ashton quotes, ‘Art is omnipresent, within and without. Its inherent creative qualities help to see the bigger picture.’

AUDREY VANDEN HEUVEL
Audrey Vanden Heuvel attends the Drawn Together Art group in Murray Bridge and quotes, ‘Expressing my feelings through art has always been important, probably my first love.  I have studied at the SA School of Arts and for an Associate Diploma in Crafts and Interior Design.  The group had given me friendships, support and encouragement to experiment with various art forms.'

CATHERINE PALLIN
Catherine Pallin: 'I have always had an art practice, but recently it has flowered. I have been a member of the Neami Murray Bridge art group for 6 years now. The companionship, laughter and creative support of the group, I love and encourages me in my creativity. I hope you enjoy our work.'

BETTY
Betty: 'Betty has been attending the Comet Arts group in Elizabeth for several years. She began painting with acrylic producing portraits and is now embracing coloured pencils as an art form. Betty enjoys new challenges and looks forward to where the opportunities will take her.'

ELAINE ROBERTS
'I absolutely love going to art group, I make new friends and build my skills and I am getting better and better.  I enjoy trying new things and I have recently fallen in love with vibrant Pastels’.

JOE AMUSO
Joe Amuso always loved art, especially abstract works but never put paint to canvas until later in life.  Joe’s work is inspired by pop art, colourists and naïve painters. To this artist, painting should be relaxing, fun and spontaneous.

LYDIA CRAIG 
Lydia Craig has been an artist for over 6 years. ‘I enjoy painting, meeting with other artists and the relaxing emotions it brings to my life’. Lydia hopes to create more art to exhibit in future exhibitions.

STEVAN HOWISON
'My engagement with visual arts - painting, drawing and sculpture - has run on for 30 years and my focus and enthusiasm is as strong as ever. The work has given my life texture, colour and meaning. In the last 4 years I have engaged with ‘Post Objects’, symbolism and metaphor.  These are the threads of style, connections and metaphors after years of working and now I have my own language.'

LH
LH has worked on developing many new techniques to manipulate her images in Photoshop.  She is creative and has a natural talent when capturing images with the camera.

LJ
'My artistic journey started with Jump Arts group at Neami in Mid-2020. At first, I came to just give a try but slowly realised I enjoy it a lot as it allows me to express myself in so many more ways than words can. So far, I have experimented with different materials including paste, acrylic and water colour. I wish to continue working and learn new techniques.'

1920x40_Line.pngPRESENTED BY THE BOB HAWKE PRIME MINISTERIAL CENTRE &
NEAMI NATIONAL

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