Special bond inspires artist
ABBIGAIL Gardner says she loves her Aunty Pippa’s artwork.
Pippa Newby, of North Perth, said it was her love for her 11-year old niece, who is profoundly deaf and has autism, which inspired her latest exhibition LANDmarks.
The unique drawings and paintings of architecture will feature at the Boulevard Centre in Floreat until late July, with funds raised going to the WA Foundation for Deaf Children (WAFDC).
“She’s so special and she’s been through a lot, but she’s managed to develop and overcome a lot of problems with her deafness and other health problems,” Ms Newby said.
The exhibition’s opening night is June 3 at 6pm and one of the works will be up for auction.
Bids will be organised prior to the event.
Abbigail’s mother Chantelle said the money raised would help her daughter and others in similar circumstances.
“It’s been really hard and it’s hard for her because even with bilateral cochlea implants she is still deaf and she still misses a lot of what goes on,” she said.
WAFDC community engagement co-ordinator Roz Luce said she was delighted by the support.
“The funds raised from the LANDmarks exhibition will be used to provide children with hearing loss an opportunity to participate in the inaugural WAFDC forum during Hearing Awareness Week in August this year,” Ms Luce said.
“The youth forum will give young people an opportunity to share their achievements and develop new skills.”
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