Windows on Pain
Two hundred pharmacies will take part in a national awareness campaign on severe persistent pain that affects more than three million Australians.
The pharmacies will join doctors and hospitals in selling badges throughout June that promote the Windows on Pain campaign and help raise funds for the Pain Management Research Institute of Australia (PMRI).
The campaign will centre on a designated awareness day on 5 June. It will also involve 30 artists creating and donating an artwork on the subject of pain that is part of a group art show of painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, installation and video works to be exhibited from 4 May until 10 June and auctioned at the Art Gallery of NSW on 12 June.
The innovative Windows on Pain campaign has brought together another 30 leading and emerging artists from across Australia who are creating and donating artworks on the subject of pain.
Badges can be purchased from Pharmacies to support pain research.
Works by Euan Macleod, Andrew Sibley, Tom Carment, Peter O’Doherty, Michael Leunig, Jude Rae, Denese Oates and William Yang will mix with young artists like Mai Long, Mika Utzon Popov and Alexi Keywan. The Windows on Pain campaign will take pain beyond familiar stereotypes by interpreting it in painting, drawing, etching, photography, sculpture, ceramics and installation works.
A number of artists are working collaboratively with people with severe persistent pain.
At any time, 3.2 million Australians of working age suffer from chronic pain that constricts their lives and costs the Australian economy about $34 billion annually in lost workdays and associated healthcare expenses.
"As a pain medicine specialist, I am appalled that in 2009 there are still 20 per cent of the people who consult me that I cannot help," PMRI director Professor Michael Cousins said.
'Windows on Pain' Group Art Show - 30 Australian Artists Create Images of Pain
Exhibitions at four NSW locations:
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (corner of Codrington Street).
Ewart Gallery in Willoughby
Gosford Regional Art Gallery
Parramatta Riverside Theatre
From Monday, 4 May 2009 to Wednesday, 10 June 2009
View the paintings @ www.windowsonpain.org/artwork.html
Nikki Brown, the Fundraising Manager for the Windows on Pain campaign gives us the background to this moving and powerful exhibition reports the South Sydney Herald of April 2009.
The Pain Management Research Institute, Sydney, is a leading world institute for research and treatment of severe persistent pain. Severe persistent pain is the type of pain that obstructs and constricts people’s lives, often to devastating effect for them and their families. At any time, a staggering 3.2 million Australians of working age have this degree of pain.
Although pervasive, persistent pain is a taboo subject shrouded in denial and aversion. Invisibility limits the search for effective treatment. The Windows on Pain campaign opens “windows” that break through the taboo and attract wide interest and support.
In 2008, the Institute began an innovative art show and auction. In that year it won the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s annual award for Best Special Event in Australia. In 2009, 30 leading and emerging artists will interpret pain in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and installation and video works, taking pain beyond familiar stereotypes. A number of artists are working collaboratively with people with severe persistent pain.
Find out more from visiting www.windowsonpain.org