Interrelate's 'Celebration' exhibition helps sex abuse survivors heal

NSW Local Health District's Cathie Matthews with Interrelate counsellor Michael Pitt and Interrelate project worker Hayley Freeman.
NSW Local Health District's Cathie Matthews with Interrelate counsellor Michael Pitt and Interrelate project worker Hayley Freeman.

'Celebration' an exhibition featuring the work of 23 survivors of sexual abuse ran at Orange City Library from February 1 – 6.

An opening on Thursday included an address from Mayor Regg Kidd and a touching account from Interrelate Counsellor Masti Adler.

Interrelate's Margot Sullivan with deputy mayor Joanne McRae.

Interrelate's Margot Sullivan with deputy mayor Joanne McRae.

“My client uses collage combined with words to express herself,” Ms Adler said.

“She talks about the three stages of depression which is very powerful.”

Ms Adler said Interrelate has received feedback that ‘Celebrations’ should be shown all over the country to raise awareness.

Interrelate case manager Sonja Peters and Stephanie Peters at the opening.

Interrelate case manager Sonja Peters and Stephanie Peters at the opening.

“Our clients tell us that having their art shown and being acknowledged is extremely important,” she said.

‘Celebration’ is heading to Rowville and Lismore before ending at Sydney’s Parliament House.

Orange mayor Reg Kidd, who opened the 'Celebration' exhibition, pictured with artwork by James Lambert titled 'Photos of Indian Chout that James Built'. Photos: FACEBOOK

Orange mayor Reg Kidd, who opened the 'Celebration' exhibition, pictured with artwork by James Lambert titled 'Photos of Indian Chout that James Built'. Photos: FACEBOOK

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