Belconnen Arts Centre Inc.

More Than Words Exhibition

Australia has an ageing population. It is an undeniable demographic fact. When disturbing reports of elder abuse forced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety…

Exhibitions

Event Details

Category

Exhibitions

Event Starts

Aug 26, 2022

Event Ends

Oct 9, 2022

Venue

West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre

Location

118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT, Australia

More Than Words

Kerry Martin

West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre

Opening 6pm Friday 26 August 2022

26 August – 9 October 2022

Australia has an ageing population. It is an undeniable demographic fact. When disturbing reports of elder abuse forced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in 2018, I was interested in what was going to be said, and more importantly what might be done to ensure our society met its responsibilities. 

 

Both of my parents died in aged care, and my mum was still alive when the Commission started. She has since died, but I believe they were both well-looked after.  So many others were not. Thousands of allegations of ill-treatment emerged as I followed the Royal Commission. The stories of abuse, cruelty, neglect and private sector greed astonished, sickened and scared me. This work is my response. Testimony is at the heart of this exhibition. Thousands of people’s voices were heard in the years of the Royal Commission’s existence. I like to think that I am honouring their courage through the slow process of embroidering some of what they had to say and hoping that there will be action. That they are not just words.


For more information visit https://www.belcoarts.com.au/more-than-words/