For four months, from July to October 2010, members of "Artlinks", a Creative Art Therapy Group that I facilitate, developed an exhibition of paintings and drawings inspired by local history and personal reflections on life in the local area. It has been a great honour to sit with these mostly elderly participants... to listen to their stories of the region and to assist them in representing their stories.
Billboard sign for the Exhibition
“Take a step back into yesteryear at Manningham Gallery from 6-23 October with Local Recall, an exhibition of paintings and drawings inspired by local history and personal reflections of life in Manningham.
Contributed by local creative art therapy group, Artlinks, exhibiting artists have recognised the value in relaying their memories to the community and some artworks tell the story of residents who have lived in the area for more than 50 years.
Local Recall includes depictions of everyday life, from harvesting on the orchards, taking a horse and cart to school at Doncaster, a day at the Templestowe Hill Climb to living by the Yarra River at Warrandyte.
Exhibition Invitation (front)
The exhibition also showcases historic icons in the Manningham area, such as the Doncaster Electric Tram, Doncaster Tower and the mines in Warrandyte.
As an organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for the whole of the community to participate in art and craft projects, Artlinks, facilitated by Artist and Art Therapist Nerina Lascelles, operates through the Manningham Community Health Services Limited and is based at the Senior Citizens Centre in Warrandyte.
Local Recall - The Paintings
Manningham Mayor, Cr Charles Pick said, “We are delighted to present this exhibition by the members of Artlinks. These amazing depictions of personal and historical stories evoke a sense of nostalgia and are of great cultural significance to Manningham residents”.
Local Recall Opening