The art of healing on display at Byron Central Hospital

This summer, Byron Central Hospital is hosting its first art exhibition, with works from Pottsville-based artist Debra Barrand.

From 4 December to 1 February, the public is able to view Debra’s work on display in the main hospital corridor.

Debra’s talent for painting came to light as part of her treatment journey through the Drug and Alcohol Service in Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD).

In 2017, a $2000 grant provided Debra and another client with equipment and resources each to create an art piece. The grant formed part of the funds allocated to NNSWLHD from the NSW Health and the Arts Framework.

“It’s amazing to see how much the project has helped Debra through her treatment and recovery,” said Michael Burgess, Drug and Alcohol Specialist for NNSWLHD.

“This project has evolved from small beginnings, and Debra has since been able to complete a number of other painting which are now forming this exhibition.”

“Art is a wonderful way for people to connect with their own experiences and with others around them, and it has been a really beneficial part of Debra’s recovery.”

The exhibition, Art in Healing, is now open to public, running until 1 February 2019 at Byron Central Hospital.

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