ART is an escape, a way to forget problems or stresses and become lost in the work at hand.
This is especially so for the young people living in Life Without Barriers’ Ngatti House in Fremantle and Burdiya Centre in Bibra Lake, both helping youth living with a mental health issues, homelessness, out-of-home-care and disabilities
Life Without Barriers art program co-ordinator Kasey Lamb said art was an important release for many of the young people.
“People with an illness can use art to understand themselves or to communicate with others when words are too painful or difficult,” she said.
“It improves mental wellbeing, self-esteem, self-expression and exploration, confidence building, social inclusion and interaction, self-discovery, communication skills and trust and relieves stress and anxiety.
“Art promotes change and growth through artistic expression in a safe and supportive environment to connect with the wider community and promote positive health outcomes and relationships with others.”
The Ngatti House clients have brought their artwork together for their first exhibition, Art Without Barriers, at the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall next month.
Ms Lamb said she hoped the exhibition would work towards raising awareness of mental health and disability issues that the young people of Ngatti House and Burdiya Centre and throughout the community lived with every day.
“These pieces will be a combination of group collaborations and individual pieces on various mediums from acrylic on canvas to sculpture and murals,” she said. “This exhibition goes to show that anyone can paint with the right enthusiasm.”
Art Without Barriers
Where: Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall
When: November 7 to 12.
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/artwithoutbarriers