Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

SARGEANT Matthew Ire­land, of Mt Druitt Lo­cal Area Com­mand, has thrown his sup­port be­hind the Shades of Blue art ex­hi­bi­tion, which is rais­ing aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

While he spends his days deal­ing with the ugly side of life, tal­ented am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher Sgt Ire­land said it was im­por­tant to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty in the world.

“I do have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the beau­ti­ful things in the world,” he said.

His three pho­to­graphs are cen­tred around wa­ter: Jetty in Mon­terey, Sun­rise at Col­laroy Beach and Sun­set at Yar­ra­mundi.

The col­lec­tion is on dis­play at the Pen­rith Re­gional Art Gallery along with 50 other works in the Shades of Blue ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs un­til De­cem­ber 9, pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to view po­lice of­fi­cers in a dif­fer­ent light and raise aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Orig­i­nal art­work is avail­able to buy, and gallery view­ers will re­ceive a white rib­bon to place on a tree branch in honour of pas­sion­ate do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ad­vo­cate Sabine Alt­man who died in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in 2011.

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Sergeant Matt Ire­land with some of his art­workrt­work in the

Shades of Blue ex­hi­bi­tion at Pen­rith Re­gional Art Gallery. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

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