January 24, 2019

Art from the heart

In recognition of International Day of People with Disability, the Northern Health Disability Working Group ran an art competition titled, ‘Celebrating Ability’.

First prize was shared between Emiliano Zucchi for his photograph – ‘Music for my eyes’, and Mike Masilamani, for his poster design – ‘Feet, what do I need you for?’

The Transcultural and Language Service (TAL’s) team came a close second, with their poster entry titled ‘Differently Abled’.

Emiliano had this to say about his entry:

“When I go to galleries, I always have my noise-cancelling wireless headphones on. I love listening to music, especially in quiet places like galleries; it helps me connect to the artwork and to my inner self. On this occasion I was in Brisbane, at the Queensland Art Gallery. I saw this cool man, in a cool wheelchair, framed in a beautiful, accessible public space, doing exactly what I like to do.”

Mike said, “My poster brings together two sources of inspiration – an image from the Invictus Games, and a quote from one of my favourite artists Frida Kahlo, who had multiple disabilities including polio as a child, and spinal and pelvis damage from a car accident. Throughout her life, Kahlo came face-to-face with her disabilities and turned them into art.”

The second placed entry from the TAL’s team:

Operations Director, Community, Gillian Dickman, said the aim of the competition was to underline Northern Health’s commitment to promoting respect and inclusion, and celebrate individual differences.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

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