“Straight away, there was a sense of inclusiveness; of being able to contribute. She helped me see that, yes, I can do this. When someone else recognises what you do, there’s something very powerful about that; it takes you out of that lonely bubble. Jayne wanted you to be the best version of who you are. I was committed from day one. She helped me feel like I could go into this creative world”
JAYNE WILSON MEMORIAL ARTS EXHIBITION AND COMPETITION
FFP Founder Jayne Wilson loved creativity, which is why art features in so many of our programs! Each year the FFP host a Memorial Exhibition and Competition in her honour.
In order to celebrate Jayne’s service to the local community an annual art competition and exhibition was established in her honour.
The annual exhibition is organised in conjunction with the Wilson family, who judge the winning entry in the Wilson Family Award- for the work which best represents Ms Wilson.
Since it’s inception in 2015 the Memorial Exhibition has grown to receive entries from all over Australia from professional and hobby artists, inmates, school students and therapeutic art group participants.
All of these works are hung together in a celebration of creativity centered around a yearly theme chosen by the FFP team.
Each year a Feature Artist is chosen to exhibit a body of work within the exhibition.
Read 2016 Feature Artist John Kennedy’s touching story of the role Jayne Wilson played in encouraging him to pursue his art here:
Read 2015 Wilson Family Award Winner and 2017 Feature Artist Shining Rainbow talk about winning the award in her opening night speech here
Read 2017 Wilson Family Award Winner and 2019 Feature Artist Gennifer Anderson talk about winning the award and the role of art in allowing her to heal Here
And her opening night speech HERE
“We wanted to involve the community in honouring Jayne’s legacy; she loved art and used it frequently in our support groups and programs, so this was a way we could combine these elements and celebrate her passion for family, recovery and hospitality”
FFP Team Leader
2016 Feature Artist – John Kennedy
“Every year there are so many more beautiful entries and I think it’s an awesome tribute to the legacy Jayne left to the Illawarra and the art world. The exhibition is building to a major showcase of the enormous talent in our region and the equally enormous role art plays in the healing process”
2017 Wilson Family Award Winner and 2019 Feature Artist – Gennifer Anderson