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Put your hat on and come with me

Date: 8 August 2016 to 31 August 2016

Location: Your Hub - Spence building foyer

Put on your hat and come with me SALA Arts Project
Put on your hat and come with me, SALA Arts Project

The exhibition is a celebration of art and creative expression at any age; with workshops resulting in a collection of photography, drawings, paintings, storybooks and cartoon sketches depicting various aspects and memories of hats.

This is a Southern Cross Care SALA Arts Project Exhibition, curated by Mary Freer.

The way you wear your hat,
The way you sip your tea,
The mem'ry of all that,
No, no!
They can t take that away from me!

~ Shall we Dance, by Gershwin

Why hats?

Hats have been around for a very long time. It is impossible to say when the first animal skin was pulled over a head as protection against the elements and although this was not a hat in the true sense, it was realised that covering your head could sometimes be an advantage. Since their invention, hats have come and gone as status symbols, uniforms and fashion statements as well as being functional sports and protective headgear. They capture many memories for people, from all walks of life. Residents have created their art forms through reminiscing about for example, their favourite hat that blew away, the time they had to eat their hat or come with their hat in their hand, and basically interpreting the "hat" theme in their own way.

"The intent of Put on Your Hat was to help staff and residents access a deep metaphorical reservoir. The metaphors we associate with the hat are numerous: we keep things under our hat, we toss our hat into the ring; we tip our hat and sometimes we eat our hat. These ideas are the beginning of creative storytelling and art. When we share a conversation with someone we increase our sense of warmth towards them. We now know them a little more. Throughout the preparation for this exhibition residents would sit together making art, when we make art we inevitably talk, and laugh, and share thoughts with each other. These moments build resilience and confidence."

~ Mary Freer

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