WA AIDS Council aims for ZERO


Artist Paul Kaptein. Picture: Jon Hewson
Artist Paul Kaptein. Picture: Jon Hewson

ZERO is a big number for the WA AIDS Council.

Twenty people are diagnosed with HIV each week in Australia, a number the not-for-profit organisation believes is 20 too many.

A group of local artists agree, embracing the cause in a new exhibition at the PS Art Space as part of World AIDS Day.

Dubbed ZERO, the exhibition is a collection of sculptures, paintings, prints and wearables from 20 WA names including Daevid Anderson, Virginia Ward, Paul Kaptein and Jo Darvall, each using art to reflect on what the number meant to them.

PS Art Space artistic director Tom Muller said it was important for them to be a part of a campaign that could raise awareness on a global scale.

“The WA AIDS Council approached us a while ago in the hope of holding a similar event to Style Aid but tailored for the visual arts and in celebration of World Aids Day,” he said.

“Together we have developed the theme and advertised nationally.

“There will be a plethora of different interpretations of the same theme through a broad range of disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture and even wearable art.”

WA Aids Council events co-ordinator Annette Hasluck said zero was the most important number for the organisation as they pushed for no new infections, no discrimination and no AIDS related deaths.

“This is the first event of its kind in WA and the works have been especially created for this ZERO exhibition,” she said.

She said the funds raised from the sale of the artwork would go towards their clinical services, counselling, training, needle exchange, safe sex packs and educational programs.

ZERO

Where: PS Art Space

When: Opening night December 1, exhibition December 2-4

Tickets for opening night: $30 from www.waaids.com