This International Overdose Awareness Day cohealth is working with the Little Projector Company to shine a light on the stigma and demonisation of drug addiction.
From 25–31 August, in the lead up to International Overdose Awareness Day (external webpage), we’re lighting up a Melbourne city laneway with images and artworks created by people who have a lived experience of drug dependence.
Drug dependence is a complex health and social issue, not a sign of personal or moral failure. The shame and stigma associated with drug use pushes people to the margins of society, creates barriers to seeking help, and means health issues go untreated.
‘Laneway Light – Beyond the Stigma’ enables people with a lived experience of drug use to express their point of view. The project promotes greater compassion and care for people who are drug dependent and generates conversations about health-based responses to drug use in the community.
If you or someone you love has a lived experience with drug use, either current or past, you’re invited to contribute. Artists can remain anonymous or be identified by name.
You do not need any art experience. Artworks may be any medium including photos, paint, animation, writing or digital art.
You can use an artwork you have created in the past or you can create something new.
There are no rules to art, and your artwork can be anything, but here are some ideas:
For more information on how to contribute email Lanie.Harris@cohealth.org.au.
Deadline for contributions 10 August 2022.
cohealth is hosting an art workshop for people who want to be supported to create an artwork for the exhibition, or need help photographing an artwork they want to contribute. No booking required. Drop-in anytime and stay for as little or as long as you want.
Date: Monday 1 August, 11am-3pm
Location: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St
Consent form (DOCX 28Kb)
Laneway Light – Beyond the Stigma flyer (PDF 696KB)
Laneway Light – Art Workshop flyer (PDF 1MB)
International Overdose Awareness Day (external webpage)
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