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Creativity on display

Hobart’s Mawson’s Pavilion was taken over with art, colour and expression at the annual Ability to Create exhibition.

This year pieces created by talented participants from Possability’s Southern Art programs were on display. Participants use different themes and experience from their lives to come up with pieces that can be practical to use in their own home, or as a decorative work for all to enjoy.

The theme of the interactive exhibition this year was “Free 2 Be: a visual creative journey” and aimed to encourage people to use their imagination and be free to be creative and explore what is possible. Butterflies were used to embody the theme, with the centrepiece of the exhibition being a giant butterfly that was created in collaboration with Oakdale Timber.

The mixed media exhibit featured many works, with some highlights being a beach piece by Jenny Maddox, some nature photography and a beautiful mosaic table by Sally McConnell, Kellie-Lee Lewis, Kathryn Anders, Wendy Seymour and Christine Theodopolous.

Hosted by Hobart City Council, Ability to Create activates Hobart public spaces to enhance a sense of place, nurture creativity and celebrate artistic excellence and inclusion.

Launching on Friday 24 May 2019 to much fanfare, artists and special guests were treated to a performance of Second Echo Ensemble and were joined by Edge Radio for a live broadcast. Over the weekend close to 400 people attended the interactive exhibition, with guests having the opportunity to create their own butterfly to add to the artwork.

Congratulations to all of the artists who took part and put their artwork on display. Thank you to all of the volunteers involved who made the event a success.

View the official website and facebook page for more information and images from the exhibit.