The Centre Beaudesert to launch Woven art exhibition

ART: Kooralbyn musician Cheryl Gay will share her story as part of the exhibition.
ART: Kooralbyn musician Cheryl Gay will share her story as part of the exhibition.

An art exhibition called Woven will open on July 21 at The Centre Beaudesert.

Woven is made up of two unique collections of artworks - Hanging by a Thread and Scenic Seniors: Life Stories.

Council saidboth featuredheartfelt and special human stories told in text, fibre, weaving, photography, poetry and interviews.

Hanging by a Thread is a collaboration between mixed-media artist Therese Flynn-Clarke and poet Sally MacKinnon.

In Hanging by a Thread, Therese Flynn-Clarke uses the weavings of a cocoon suspended on a twig, yet still 'hanging on' as a symbol for the resilience and fragility of community.

Therese Flynn-Clarke said sometimes people needed to cocoon and protect themselves until they were ready to re-enter their lives.

"The year 2020 was a time of great change, trauma for some, and difficulties for many," she said.

"Even though at times we may be hanging on by a thread, there is a great deal of strength in that thread, and collectively as a community, even more strength."

Flynn-Clarke describes her co-collaborator Sally MacKinnon as a renowned poet, author and a woman of great strength and wisdom.

"She makes meaning of life through writing nature-based poetry, short stories and journaling, weaving words in response to life as it unfolds," she said

"Sally's evocative poetry has inspired my own art, and her poems have conversed with her own creations.

"Writing and artmaking can be a thoughtful and transformative process especially when creating with others as a means of building community wellbeing and resilience.

"There is so much strength in community."

Scenic Seniors: Life Stories is a collaborative project curated by the Scenic Rim's local aged-care community service Centacare.

In Scenic Seniors: Life Stories Centacare has worked with the local aged community to explore their life stories.

Centacare program manager Kellie Scofield said the experience of writing your own life story encouraged a boost to self-esteem, reduced stress and anxiety and was a powerful medicine for all involved in the process, promoting resilience and recovery.

"The act of sharing one's personal experience shows us all we are not alone and during tough times, we are stronger together," she said.

"Each person has their own unique story - love, career, family, society and adversity."

The public was invited to meet the artists behind Woven at the exhibition at an official launch on July 24 at 10:30am.

Council said the exhibition would run from 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Friday and Saturday 10am-2pm. Woven will run until 27 August 2021 and is free for anyone to enjoy.

The exhibition launch would be a free COVID-safe event with limited places, allocated seating and staggered arrival times.

For group bookings, please register all attendees when booking tickets to help with seat allocation.

Bookings can be made online at liveatthecentre.com.au or by phoning 5540 5050.