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"Happy Shots" exhibit opens

Thursday, 25th March, 2010

 * LISK member Keith Hughes with his artwork.  * LISK member Keith Hughes with his artwork.

The work of participants in the Salvation Army's LISK (Living Skills) program went on display yesterday at the Angela Fitzpatrick Gallery.

The LISK group have been taking part in photography worskhops in conjunction with Broken Hill Art Exchange Incorporated (BHAEI). The workshops were developed as part of its social engagement initiative, which uses art as a catalyst for confidence building and engagement with the greater community.

During this term participants worked under the tutorship of photographer Angela Fitzpatrick and have been visiting art galleries around town for inspiration in creating their own work. They visited the Regional Art Gallery, Jarah Mosaics, Glen Ravo's Sculptures and the local rubbish dump to produce their own photographs and sculpture.

Salvation Army Program Coordinator, Raylene Radford, said all LISK members had greatly improved their artistic skills."Each term the participants' skills are improving out of sight and each of the photographers are taking the group for longer periods so that they can complete entire body of art works," she said.

"The photographers have found it a stimulating and rare opportunity because as artists they always strive to understand the world in new ways."It's an opportunity to see through the participants' eyes, with inspiration a two-way street. The "Happy Shots" exhibition opened yesterday at Ms Fitzpatrick's gallery at 641 Chapple Street, and is open to the public.

The LISK participants have so far exhibited at Red Desert Live Festival‘09 and the recent Waste to Art Exhibition at the Geo Centre. One participant Robbie Wythe's work was also accepted in the Life Without Barriers Exhibition.

For information about the programs run through The Salvation Army, Algate Community Centre contact Raylene Radford on 8088 2044.

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