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THE impacts of homelessness viewed through the eyes of Murraylands youths will be explored in an art exhibition launching next week.

Our Time Is Now is a collection of art from youths aged 14 to 17, sharing their personal reflections on homelessness and hardship as part of the ac.care project.

Coinciding with National Homelessness Week, held from August 7-13, the exhibition will be officially launched on Wednesday, August 9, at 10.30am at The Square in Murray Bridge.

The youth-focused exhibition builds on the success of last year’s inaugural ac.care National Homelessness Week exhibition, which was an initiative of ac.care’s Murraylands homelessness service and has been expanded into the Riverland and Limestone Coast.

ac.care Murraylands Homelessness Service manager Thanuja Hiripitiyage encouraged the community to view the exhibition over Wednesday and Thursday to gain some perspective on how homelessness impacts the lives of young people.

“This exhibition shows just how aware young people are about the impacts of homelessness and hardship and how it impacts the quality of life of those affected,” Ms Hiripitiyage said.

“Each piece has been individualised and many aspects of homelessness are covered, from everyday life through to the longer-term impacts.”

The series of unique and thought-provoking artworks are accompanied by a written submission from each young person, ranging from a short sentence through to a detailed statement.

“The artworks certainly tell their own story in creative ways, but the words add another layer and show the maturity and understanding these young people have when it comes to living in poverty,” Ms Hiripitiyage said.

Murraylands Homelessness exhibition artwork

The 2023 National Homelessness Week theme is “It’s time to end homelessness”, which aligns strongly with ac.care’s mission of ensuring all country people have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

ac.care chief executive officer Shane Maddocks said the exhibition was a valuable opportunity to raise awareness during National Homelessness Week and gain insight into personal experiences.

“There is no ‘one face’ of homelessness and this exhibition is a testament to that – these young people all view that experience differently,” Mr Maddocks said.

“One point that is apparent from this exhibition is just how deeply poverty affects and is understood by young people in our communities – many of the words reflect on the instability of homelessness and how it unsettles individuals and families alike.

“That is why it is important we continue to take a unified approach with all levels of government, as well as local businesses and other organisations and stakeholders because breaking cycles of disadvantage and providing people with the resources and support they need to live comfortably requires a whole-of-community approach.”

Our Time Is Now will be displayed at The Square, 2 South Terrace, on August 9 and 10 from 10am to 4pm.

The official opening will be held at 10.30am on August 9.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Rural City of Murray Bridge and the Murray Bridge Community Centre.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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