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Featuring figurative and portrait-based works from both the Benalla Art Gallery Collection and RACV Art Collection, Re-gathering provides a framework through which the community can explore its individual and collective experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The works selected are re-contextualised through the inclusion of our community’s voice, their first-hand thoughts, emotions, experiences.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with RACV and MPavilion as part of the AMPLIFY program.
Since 2019, MPavilion and RACV have shared a partnership of strong common values around community, advocacy, creativity and collaboration. In 2020, that partnership is responding to the challenges of a year beset by bushfire and a global pandemic with AMPLIFY—an uplifting and energetic cultural program that moves beyond the city to communities in regional Victoria. Bounding into some of the biggest environmental, social and infrastructural questions facing people in Australia today, AMPLIFY will be a lightning rod of discussions and insights, inviting people of all ages—in physical and digital attendance—to take an active part in the discovery and development of new ideas, new attitudes, and new, life-changing ways forward.
RACV partner Lifeline is Australia’s largest suicide prevention service. They receive over 1 million calls per year from an Australian in crisis. They also support people through text and chat services as well as a range of localised training and counselling sessions within communities across the nation. Lifeline’s 57 years of experience has shown that it is through connecting with others that we can find hope. That’s why RACV supported Lifeline to launch a tele-health counselling service that will ensure ongoing counselling support at no charge for people who are experiencing mental health challenges as a result of the recent bushfires and COVID-19. By providing the opportunity for people to connect with Lifeline’s support services RACV aims to improve long-term outcomes for mental health.
If you’re interested in hearing stories from people who share their personal experience of finding hope through connection, download Lifeline’s Holding on to Hope podcast at www.lifeline.org.au or wherever you get your podcasts.
If something is overwhelming you and you need to talk about it, please connect with someone you trust, your GP or contact Lifeline at anytime:
Phone: 13 11 14
Visit: www.lifeline.org.au for more information
Image: George Feather LAWRENCE Kings Cross, Sydney 1960, oil on composition board, 33.0 x 43.5 cm [image]; 46.8 x 57.5 cm [frame]. Ledger Gift, 1987. 1987.09. Benalla Art Gallery Collection. © Estate of George Feather Lawrence / Copyright Agency, 2020