Clarence exhibition opens

Published on Friday, 16 April 2021 at 11:37:53 AM

Whether it’s visual art, music or photography, participation in the arts has a significant positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing and a new exhibition by Jo Wassell proves this is true at any age.

Through the City of Albany’s Active Aging Program and the Brandenburg Fund, artist Jo Wassell has facilitated a series of art workshops within an aged care facility.

Jo spent her time at Clarence Estate Albany where she engaged in one-on-one time with residents encouraging conversations about lives, memories and passions.

As a result of her time with the residents, Jo created a touching exhibit called Clarence that includes portraits and photographs offering a window into lives of the residents who offered their conversation.

City of Albany Manager Arts and Culture Paul Nielsen said the exhibition was a personal reflection of how important connection is as we grow older.

“Jo Wassell has really captured the raw and real personalities of the residents she worked with where we get a snapshot into who they are and an idea of their character,” he said.

“This exhibition will strike a chord with the audience and leave a lasting impression on those who take the time to really appreciate the stories”.

Artist Jo Wassell said the exhibition showcased the genuine pleasure and privilege she had whilst spending time with the residents who participated in the program.

“I believe everyone has an interesting story to share, and I hope the exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of those who generously offered their time and conversation,” she said.

“One of the residents I was chatting to studied art at TAFE when she was younger and our meetings reignited her interest in painting which was fantastic to see.”

Clarence is free to view at Vancouver Arts Centre from 17 April – 14 May from 9am – 4pm daily.

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