Photo: Westhaven resident Ethel Munn with the artwork developed by herself and late husband
Gordon that will be among the works on display in the upcoming exhibition.

A unique art exhibition showcasing the creative work of residents at the Westhaven Aged Care
Facility will be held in Roma from mid-July.

The exhibition will be held at the Walk of Art – Roma on Bungil Art Gallery in Hawthorne St from
13 July until 10 August.

The exhibition is being supported by the art gallery, the South West Hospital and Health Service
and Maranoa Regional Council.

A grand opening of the exhibition will be held at the gallery from 5.30 pm on 13 July, with light
refreshments available.

Westhaven Recreation Officer Trish Jamieson said the art exhibition offered a unique insight
into how residents saw the world.

“It’s an expression of how they feel in the moment,’’ she said.

As a second-generation diversional therapist, following in the footsteps of her mother, Ms
Jamieson is a passionate advocate of the various benefits complementary therapies like art can
provide for older adults.

“Diversional therapy and aged care facilities have come a long way and now we are able to
implement initiatives that make aged care facilities seem much more like home,’’ she said.

“There is extensive scientific research supporting the benefits of artwork, music therapy, animalassisted
therapy, cookery and even aromatherapy to reduce pain and depression and improve
sleep amongst the elderly.

“While creating a piece of art or canvas people become self-aware and once they complete a
canvas the sense of achievement can be very rewarding.

“It is so important to remind the residents that even though they now live at Westhaven they are
still wonderful individuals who can contribute and participate in society.’’

Ms Jamieson said Westhaven residents were very excited about the upcoming exhibition and
seeing their works being displayed for their fellow community members to see.

“So many people are really surprised that they could produce something that is as good as they
have,’’ she said.

“Once the exhibition is finished, the residents’ works will be hung in the hallways of Westhaven
for visitors and families to see and enjoy always.’’

Ms Jamieson said one of the artworks to be featured in the exhibition was by Westhaven
resident Ethel Munn and her late husband Gordon.

“Ethel has been a part of the art programme learning all about quilling – something that she had
never heard of before,’’ she said.

“Ethel and Gordon worked on their canvas together, creating lots of shapes with paper winding
and turning it all.

“Who knew you could do so much with a piece of paper!

“The end result of their work is outstanding and intricate, and was named ‘Outback Wanderings’
– this name represented the colours of the bush, water, sky, earth, sunsets, animals and plant
life.’’

Ms Jamieson said Mrs Munn, 87, and her late husband had been married 67 years and had four
daughters and two sons.

“Ethel has always been involved in Aboriginal affairs such as language, women’s health, and
education bot at state and national levels.

“She received an Australia Day Award for Reconciliation in 1991 and has also been inducted
into the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council.

ENDS

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au