Carinity residents as proud as peacocks

The Colourful Expressions group has produced the artwork for community display.

Residents at a Carinity aged care home in a rural Queensland town have been expressing their artistic talents.

The residents – at Karinya Place in Laidley, 80km north-west of Brisbane – have been busy producing art pieces for the local community.

Kerrie Kirk

Over recent weeks, 12 residents – members of the Colourful Expressions group – have contributed to a peacock artwork consisting of three body pieces and around 50 features.

“Each resident contributed by colouring individual peacock feathers and, collectively, they assembled the vibrant masterpiece,” said Karinya Place activities officer Kerrie Kirk. “The Colourful Expressions group project not only allows our residents to express their artistic talents but also creates a sense of pride and accomplishment.”

L to R: Carinity residents Margaret McGourty, Merle Gardner, Gloria Clarray, Maureen Schulz, and Trevor Litzow proudly show their peacock artwork

Such projects inspire residents to develop their creative skills and foster new connections. The peacock artwork was, said Ms Kirk, “a collaborative effort that brought our residents together in a meaningful and engaging way.”

The peacock artwork is one of several creative projects undertaken by residents, which are then displayed in local schools. “In spring, residents made paper birds and bees with the theme ‘Spring into a good book’,” said Ms Kirk. “Another was clay bugs with the theme of ‘Catch the reading bug’,”.

Now complete, the peacock artwork will be showcased in the Prenzlau State School library.

“We believe that initiatives like these contribute positively to the wellbeing of our residents and foster a strong sense of connection with the broader community,” said Ms Kirk.

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