Creatively Ageing: EmbOLDen, has been selected as a finalist in the Building Health Through Art category for the 2016 VicHealth Awards. Non/fictionLab member and RMIT postgraduate student Peta Murray was one of three elder-artist-researchers-in-residence installed in the Roslyn Smorgon Gallery for the duration of EmbOLDen. The exhibition represented a critical stage in her PhD inquiry into ageing in arts practice through which she sought to refine her notion of essayesque dismemoir through play/w/rites of performed nonfiction on themes of ageing in arts practice. Peta’s residency at Footscray Community Arts Centre continued into 2016 with Missa Pro Venerabilibus, the final work in a triptych, Ware With a Translucent Body.
VicHealth Awards are given each year across a range of categories including encouraging healthy behaviours and improving mental wellbeing. Finalists in 2016 include community groups, advocacy groups, councils, health care providers, sporting bodies and emergency services, as well as arts organisations like FCAC.
The complete shortlist:
- Circus Oz – Deadly Elders Circus
- Darebin Arts – Museum of Me 2016
- Footscray Community Art Centre – Creatively Ageing: embOLDen
- Next Wave Festival – Next Wave Festival 2016 Access and Inclusivity
The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 1 December at Deakin Edge.