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Uniting MSIC clients share stories on canvas at Art from the Heart exhibition

3 September 2018

More than 130 art works feature in an exhibition with a difference to be hosted by the ArtHouse Hotel in September: each artist is also a client of the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Kings Cross.

This is the eighth annual exhibition of “Art from the Heart of the Cross” and, according to the Uniting MSIC Medical Director Dr Marianne Jauncey, it serves as a reminder that there’s so much more to the Centre’s clients than the small amount of time they spend at MSIC.

“These artworks and the exhibition are the net result of the Centre’s success when it comes to building a sense of social inclusion among a largely marginalized people in our community,” Dr Jauncey said.

“In the ten years I have been at the Centre, I see again and again how we are making a difference to the lives of our clients, not only by providing clinical and counselling supports, but also by improving their overall health and well-being through activities like the art program.

“The opportunity to express themselves through art is a new outlet for many of our clients and it’s a joy to see their works evolve as a way of telling their stories.

“This exhibition is a wonderful display of the distinct skills and talents of our clients who have spent months telling their stories using mostly acrylic paints on canvas, but also drawings and poems,” Dr Jauncey said.

City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore launched the exhibition on September 1.

“Through ‘Art from the Heart’, the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre helps to save lives and enrich the lives of its clients,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“In 1999 at the NSW Drug Summit, I moved the motion to establish the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre as an effective and compassionate way to prevent drug overdoses and help people into treatment.

“The record number of artists involved in ‘Art from the Heart’ this year shows that the program has an enormous and positive impact for its participants.

“I’m proud to again to support this wonderful annual exhibition that gives us an insight into the stories and creative talents of the Centre’s clients. I congratulate everyone involved.”

The Uniting MSIC has been at Kings Cross for 18 years and until this year was the only one of its kind in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

This year a second Medically Supervised Injecting Room was established by the Victorian Government in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond.

Visit the Art from The Heart of the Cross exhibition at the ArtHouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney from Monday 3 September – 28 September 2018.

uniting.org/artfromtheheart

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At Uniting, we believe in taking real steps to make the world a better place. We work to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. Our services are in the areas of aged care, disability, children’s services and chaplaincy.  We also get involved in social justice and advocacy issues that impact the people we serve. As an organisation we celebrate diversity and welcome all people regardless of lifestyle choices, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or gender identity.