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Rathdowne Place marks time

Flourish 06 Jan 2017

Pam Farey is working on a series of historical art installations at Australian Unity's Rathdowne Place.

Pam Farey painting a mural at Rathdowne Place

Artist Pam Farey is busily studying old photographs for the series of historical installations she is creating at Australian Unity's Rathdowne Place in Carlton, Victoria.

Her attention to detail and concern for authenticity are inspiring and residents gather in the courtyard for a chat and to watch her work.

Pam, an Australian Unity client who lives in Linton in central Victoria, became ill in her twenties and suffered nerve damage in her arms and legs. She taught herself to paint with a brush in her mouth.

Gavin Young, General Manager at Rathdowne Place, says engaging Pam has provided support for a client with recognised talent.

"Pam has not only brought her fantastic artistic skills to Rathdowne Place but also her big personality, which brightens the day of staff and residents every Tuesday and Wednesday," Gavin says.

Indigenous artist Ray Thomas painted the first mural in the series, which reflects Aboriginal identity before settlement. Pam's work follows with a historic timeline showing European settlement, the gold rush, World War I, World War II, migration and modern Australia.

The mural project will be completed in early 2017. The mural panels are in the ground-floor courtyard of the retirement apartments at 497 Rathdowne Street, Carlton.

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