Community connections through art

Artwork showcased at the Hampton Park Uniting Church. Picture: SUPPLIED

Hampton Park Uniting Church is getting ready to host the Community Connections Through Art exhibition, designed to showcase the work of the local community.

A $3,000 City of Casey grant will help fund the exhibition, which will feature artists from within the local government area who have experienced adversity and whose passion for art has inspired their lives.

The church is working with the Hampton Park Community House to put together the event and is calling for local artists to submit their expressions of interest.

Minister Rick Holland was inspired by an art exhibition held by Absolute Care and Health for people with disabilities.

Church member Lyn McBain works at the organisation and is now helping to bring a similar event to the local community.

“Our working group has received four expressions of interest so far and we’re expecting to get a lot of entries,” Ms McBain said.

“We had about 150 entries at the last exhibit and it’s not just canvas – it can be music, craft, video.

“The exhibition is open to people of all ages and abilities.”

The weekend long event is set to be held in March with a VIP night for artists on the Friday evening.

The exhibition will be open to the community on the Saturday with tea and coffee provided and a presentation of children’s art.

Sunday will include a church service with speeches from multicultural community members, followed by a multicultural lunch.

Ms McBain said preparations were already well underway.

“The committee has been meeting on a monthly basis but now we’re meeting fortnightly because there’s a lot of work to do,” she said.

“The exhibition is all about the local community.”

The free event will be held from Friday 4 March to Sunday 6 March at Uniting Place – 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park.

Expressions of interest must be returned by Friday 17 December to the email address