Moving art exhibition opens this week

An exhibition that explores the hopeful and creative capacity of the arts in providing a compassionate space for self-expression and healing opens this Thursday in Wallsend.

‘The Healing Power of Art’ showcases words, textiles, drawings, and photography created by people impacted by institutional child sexual abuse.

The Manager of Zimmerman Service Healing and Support, Magda Mycak intends to attend the event with her colleagues and encourages others in the community to do the same.

“By attending the exhibition, we will be showing our support for the artists and others impacted by institutional child sexual abuse,” Ms Mycak said.

Ms Mycak said the impacts of abuse are diverse, and the path to recovery can take many forms including expression through art.

“As a community, we can support others’ healing by acknowledging the crimes of the past and their ongoing impact. Art is used by many as a form of self-expression and can be particularly therapeutic for those who find it difficult to express themselves through words. By observing the works, you are showing your openness to reflect on their self-expression and demonstrate that you will never forget their experiences.”

The public are invited to attend the exhibition’s opening, which will be held from 5.30pm at Wallsend Library. The artworks will remain on display at the library until 4 December.

 ‘The Healing Power of Art’ exhibition is hosted by Newcastle Libraries in collaboration with The Lock-Up. The exhibition is supported by the Clergy Abused Network, Museum of Art and Culture/Yapang Lake Macquarie (MAC), and the University of Newcastle and funding assistance has been provided by Adamstown Arts, the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, and the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.


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Lizzie is Team Leader Content for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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