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  1. Dress made of tea bags wins Palliative Care Australia art competition

    30 August 2017

    A dress crafted from tea bags used by grieving families has been judged the overall winner of Palliative Care Australia’s art prize, announced today. The work, titled ‘Dying For A Cuppa’ was made by Karen Benjamin who works at a funeral home, where she makes a lot of cups of tea for people who are planning a funeral or grieving the death of a loved one.

  2. Artistic merit only part of the picture: judge looking for heart and soul

    13 June 2017

    As one of the three judges determining the overall winner of Palliative Care Australia’s art competition this year, Anzara Clark is looking for more than technical brilliance, inspired composition and colour mastery.

  3. When the christening and funeral are one

    25 October 2016

    To mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, artist Anzara Clark shares the moving story behind her award-winning artwork, Christening Shroud, created in memory of her grandson Cody who died the day before he was born.

  4. The power of touch from life’s beginning to end

    23 September 2016

    Margaret Ambridge wasn’t able to lay in bed and hold her mother as she died, but she is a strong advocate for others being given the opportunity. She is proud to work at a hospice which has a double bed. Margaret spent many hours creating her entry to the Life in Death art competition, which depicts her hugging her partner as he nears death – a prospect she found very confronting.

  5. Blackbirds express complex degrees of acceptance

    21 September 2016

    Bronwyn Ward’s entry to the Life in Death art competition reflects some of what she learned while working as a complementary therapist at a hospice in England. Her print depicts blackbirds in various stages of denial and acceptance, as they face the prospect of death.

  6. Celebrating the role of shrines in storing memory and hope

    19 September 2016

    Working with clay became Fran Romano’s therapy after her mother’s death seven years ago. Her entry to the Life in Death art competition reflects her fascination with shrines. She finds them touching and beautiful, because they provide a visual link to things that are not tangible, like loss and longing.

  7. My guardian angel has fallen but will fly again

    19 September 2016

    Lori Fahy was compelled to paint her guardian angel after hearing that her father had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. The resulting image, which she entered in the Life in Death art competition, depicts her angel on the ground, heavy with grief, but with magnificent wings that will enable him to fly again.

  8. Beauty to be found in bushfire’s wake

    18 September 2016

    A brilliant strip of orange caught PJ Gilling’s eye as he strolled through Tasmanian bush devastated by fires earlier this year. It was the inner timber of a charred tree that had fallen and split open. He found great beauty in the landscape, despite the destruction.

  9. Anchored to withstand one of life’s tsunamis

    18 September 2016

    When Bill Mendes da Costa heard of his friend’s near-death experience, he started drawing to try and make sense of it. His friend found his finished work so confronting that she couldn’t look at it, initially. But it ended up giving her a new perspective on life’s inevitable traumas and helped with her healing. Now she loves it.

  10. Working through grief inspires healing artwork

    8 September 2016

    Ceramic artist Ashley Fiona was just 13 when her mother died. She explains what she has learned about grief, loss and healing, and the care and love that goes into making porcelain ashkeepers for bereaved families.

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