MISCARRIAGE, stillbirth and newborn death support group Sands will hold its third annual art exhibition Art for Hope at Hayward Studio in Kalamunda next month.
The exhibition of paintings by renow-ned and emerging artists aims to inspire hope to the thousands of parents and families affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.
Exhibiting artists will donate a percentage from sales to help fund around-the-clock support services provided by the not-for-profit organisation.
Sands WA volunteer parent supporter Wayne Faulkner, who lives in Kalamunda, said art had a role in helping people heal.
“Art is well known for its healing qualities, whether you are creating it or viewing it,” he said.
“We hope this exhibition provides some comfort, light and hope to thousands of families who go through this heartbreak every year.”
Wayne knows first-hand the pain that follows the death of a baby, having lost two children through miscarriage.
More than 11,300 babies in WA die every year because of newborn death and loss in pregnancy.
The Sands network offers emotional support, information and hope to families, and education and resources for healthcare professionals.
Sands Australia chief executive Andre Carvalho is calling on the community to support the event.
“An astonishing 96,000 babies die each year across Australia through miscarriage, stillbirth or in the first 28 days of their life, yet the topic remains taboo,” he said.
“We want to change this; we want to ensure all parents who go through this devastation know that they are not alone.”
Ring the Sands support line on 1300 072 637 or visit www. sands.org.au.