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Taku Hikoi, La'u MaLaga: My footprint, my walk, my journey
21 July - 20 August 2017
“Life is a journey, filled with a number of different paths, routes and destinations. These paths are all experienced on an individual basis to which we each bring our own skills and specialties, hopes and dreams, pace and style.”
Artworks created by mental health inpatients will show at Porirua’s Pātaka Art + Museum for a month from 21 July.
Entitled 'Taku hikoi; La’u Malaga, my footprint, my walk, my journey'; the free exhibition in the Bottle Creek Gallery will include sculptures, tape art and ceramic pieces.
It will showcase the talents of a number of clients of the combined mental health, addictions and disability services of the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHBs. The works will also provide some insight into the experience of recovery from acute mental illness.
Making art is a recognised aide to recovery for many people who have experienced mental illness. The artists, who have been preparing for the exhibition for many months, have been tutored by Debbie Pointon, a well-known Raumati South artist. Their feedback on Debbie’s tutelage and the opportunity to create and show artwork like this has been overwhelming positive.
This is the second exhibition of clients from this service work at Pātaka. The first, held in 2014, was well attended and met positively by the local community.
A number of the artworks will be for sale and the exhibition runs until 20 August.