(Melbourne, 25 February 2018) Melbourne charity Youth Projects, is launching its inaugural Art & Soul Exhibition at the Pullman on the Park hotel on Wednesday 28 February at 6pm.
The Art & Soul exhibition, hosted by ABC’s Jacinta Parsons, will see donated artworks from renowned figures in the Australian art scene as well as artists in Youth Projects art therapy program.
Youth Projects Chairperson, Melanie Raymond, says the artworks showcases the exquisite talents of people Youth Projects artists who have experienced homelessness or trauma.
“Loneliness and exclusion are key drivers of homelessness and only now are such factors being recognised as part of the solutions to widespread homelessness.
“When you give people outlets to build their feel self worth and dignity after long periods of exclusion, we can then build on the positivity and motivation that art delivers.
“The solutions to homelessness are more than just bricks and mortar, they need to be a raft of creative ways that empower and deliver trust and honesty,” Raymond says,
All pieces will be sold via a silent auction, with all proceeds going towards assisting Youth Projects in providing critical health care and therapeutic programs as well as front line outreach based support.
Youth Projects provides a free medical clinic, mental health and drug counselling, outreach support services, employment and training for people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
Youth Projects’ CEO Ben Vasilou said the Art & Soul exhibition is not only a fundraising endeavour.
“By exhibiting their works side-by-side, we hope attendees will view all of the creators under the one umbrella… Simply as artists,regardless of social status”.
The Art & Soul exhibition has been made possible through the generous contributions from its charity partner Brookfield and the Pullman on the Park Hotel.
Art pieces can all be viewed at https://youthprojects.org.au/news/artandsoul
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