The Launceston General Hospital has just opened its inaugural art award exhibition. The $5,000 prize was awarded to local artist many Hunniford for her entry ‘The Tree of Life”. The theme was Art in Health and resulted in 64 entries. As with entering such a major award, artists were required to submit a statement relating to their work. I believe that this requirement benefits not only the artists and the judges, but those who view the work when it’s displayed.
148 x 83cm Prismacolor pencils on pastel board
The therapeutic benefits of the art making process are recognised by all who practise the visual arts. Often it is the process of creation that gives one the greatest form of satisfaction; the product being a bonus. The use of art therapy in times of trauma or struggle can be a vital part of a person’s recovery. Engaging the mind, while promoting relaxation at the same time, the opportunity to deal with personal issues, makes art an important part of one’s recovery. Art is a great healer. A tube of paint has far greater value than its physical properties.