Art exhibition focuses on meaningful participation in occupations

13 June 2014

On Thursday 5 June the Discipline of Occupational Therapy hosted an exhibition showcasing artwork produced by Faculty of Health Sciences Master of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Applied Science (OT) students.

The event was organised by Associate Professor Lynette Mackenzie and Dr Michelle Villeneuve.

In creating their artworks, participating students were asked to think about the occupational nature of communities and how a person's opportunity to participate in meaningful occupations is a human right.

The artworks in the exhibition aimed to draw people's attention to various communities around the globe facing barriers to participation, and thus full citizenship.

Students presented their findings, as art, at the exhibition at Cumberland Campus. The aim was to share what they learned in creating the art with, and about communities outside of Australia.

Professor Patrick Brennan, Associate Dean International Research Development, welcomed attendees and observed in his address that children, gender, and education were three themes that featured prominently in the artwork. Professor Brennan observed that the artwork offered a poignant reflection on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

With a large number of international students enrolled, this exercise provided a valuable opportunity for shared learning between both international and Australian students.

View the artwork and abstracts