Dulkara Art Exhibition ‘Flourish’
The annual Dulkara Art Exhibition was officially opened by Hills Shire Mayor Yvonne Keane on Friday 8th September. The exhibition, on display at Dulkara – Centre for Life Skills and the Arts at Cherrybrook, showcases a year of beautiful new artworks including pottery, weaving, painting, jewellery and felting.
All artworks are created by individuals who attend Dulkara and are inspired by the theme ‘Flourish’. Val Grady, Arts Liaison Co-ordinator explained “Flourish represents the care, concern and attention to detail we strive for at Dulkara. Our feature artist for this exhibition is David Ryan, a master of pottery, weaving painting – his work epitomises the artistic growth nurtured at Dulkara. Inala and David will both turn 60 years old next year, both are flourishing creatively and changing and growing. It has been a pleasure to work with Dave and be part of his creative journey.” All the artists are supported to develop and explore their creativity, to encourage confidence and an ability express themselves in all areas of their lives.
Daniel Puttlitz, Manager for Inala’s North-West Day Services says “The art exhibition is the fruition of a year’s work and it is always wonderful to see the sense of pride and achievement each person feels seeing their artwork on display. This is the first year the exhibition has been held at Dulkara’s own Rumples Café and we look forward to welcoming visitors during the next two weeks.”
The launch was attended by Hills Shire Mayor Yvonne Keane, in her last official function as Mayor, Member for Epping and long-time supporter of Inala, Damien Tudehope MP as well as Inala clients and their families, Inala supporters, staff and local community members.
Mayor Keane, in a last ‘Mayoral flourish’ declared the exhibition open. She commented on the wonderful display of creativity and connections created through the art works. “The Hills Shire is fortunate to have Inala as part of the community, encouraging and exploring new activities and nurturing talents. I am thrilled to be here as my last official function as Mayor of the Hills Shire”.
Dulkara’s annual art exhibition would not be possible without the ongoing support of many volunteers and supporters. We are very grateful to Damien Tudehope for his continued championing and support for Inala and to Pymble Ladies College for their donation to provide the partitions on which we hung the artwork.
The exhibition will be open weekdays from Monday 11th September to Friday 22nd September, 10am to 5pm at 118 Franklin Road Cherrybrook. Most art works are for sale.