Elderly artists paint and raise over $30,000 for orphans of Fiji

ACSA member providers in New South Wales, St. Basil’s Homes, held an artwork exhibition and auction last week featuring the work of their artistic residents, with ACSA having the pleasure of attending.

24 Oct 2019

The artworks, representing over two years of creative endeavour by these senior artists, were sold to an enthusiastic crowd of dignitaries, clergy, families and visitors.

Art therapy is an activity conducted at every St. Basil’s aged care facility. Residents work on pieces either as a group or individually.

“I never dreamt that at this late stage of life, I would be entering a new and fulfilling chapter where I am learning, creating and giving to others. It gives me great joy!” says Tom, one of the artists.

Another benefit of art therapy has become apparent amongst residents living with dementia. Initially, they could not focus for more than five minutes. A year later they can be observed being completely immersed in their artistic activity for well over an hour. “This is evidence of neural growth and brought on by learning something new” says their teacher, Viktorya Maksimova, who remarks that “this is one of the most exciting elements of art therapy”.

St. Basil’s CEO, Father Nicholas Stavropoulos reminded the gathering, “Our residents don’t only have a fulfilling and meaningful activity in Art Therapy, but also the opportunity to contribute to the community. Can you imagine how rewarding it for them to fulfill their desire to ‘feed the children’ by selling their artworks?”

The $30,000 raised will be sent to St. Tabitha Orphanage in Fiji.

St. Basil’s Homes is an aged care provider for the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia.

Pictured are Stephen Rooke (Chief Risk Officer) and Sonya Darwich (Director of Care) of St Basil's, along with Darren Mathewson (Executive Director -  Services, Support and Engagement) and Anna-Maria Wade (Employee Relations Manager) of ACSA.