Artworks produced during art therapy sessions at Anglicare's Respite Centre will be on show in Nambour today.
Artworks produced during art therapy sessions at Anglicare's Respite Centre will be on show in Nambour today. Contributed

Respite centre clients display their artworks

A SERIES of works produced by Anglicare's Respite Centre clients during art therapy sessions will be on show in Nambour on Thursday, July 12.

The 30 artworks include canvas and bark paintings, clay models and rock art - all inspired by the theme Nature.

Anglicare's lifestyle and wellbeing team leader Leah Sullivan said the art therapy process helped participants find a new way to discover themselves and communicate.

"The classes are designed to stimulate the senses and help people work on their fine and gross motor skills, as well as to encourage self-expression," Ms Sullivan said.

"Through the process relationships are built, empathy is fostered, anxiety is lessened, visual boundaries are overcome and a sense of control over their environment is developed.

"It's also a way of demonstrating to people that they are capable of adding beauty to the world for others to enjoy."

The art therapy classes were held during regular meetings of Anglicare's Sunshine Coast Respite Centre Friendship Circle over the past four months.

The respite centre provides support, care and companionship for visitors, while also allowing their full-time carers some much-needed time off to rest and recuperate.

"The Friendship Circle is a place where clients can feel safe to be themselves, make new friends and enjoy a meal together," Ms Sullivan said.

"We have entertainers visit monthly, as well as enjoying activities like art and craft, cards, bingo and chair yoga."

The Anglicare Friendship Circle Art Show will be held at the Church Hall, 174 Currie St, Nambour, from 10am-11.30am on Thursday, July 12.

Everyone is welcome to attend and entry is free.


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