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More than just a painting

Published Friday 29 November 2019
  • Disability and Mental Health

Mason Tamatea has just completed his final year of school at Capalaba State College. Part of Mason’s farewell to Year 12 was an inspirational gift to Asher House, one of Wesley Mission Queensland’s supported accommodation communities in Wynnum. 

Asher House is home to twelve people living with an acquired brain injury. It provides 24 hour care in a safe and independent living space. Asher means “happy and blessed”, a name given to the house by its residents.   

Earlier this year Mason reached out to Asher House, wanting to learn more about the people and their community. He spent time with the residents and gained an understanding on what Asher House means to them.  

Heidi Elliott, Head of Department Senior Schooling at Capalaba state College, says Mason is a passionate art student.  

“Mason’s always in the art room and now has a beautiful painting to give back to the community,” says Ms. Elliott. 

“Mason had many ideas and came up with four different panels that represent Asher House in different ways. In consultation with staff and residents at Asher House, they came up with a vision together.” 

After a year of refining designs and ideas the final masterpiece came together. The four sections on the painting represent the following: 

  • Sunset on the beach: Peace and happiness within yourself 

  • Asher House symbol: Developing creativity and learning experiences through repetition  

  • Trees and roots: Trees represent growth. Roots show the connections to others symbolic of the way the brain formulates connections 

  • Flowers: Making connections and making sense of the world 

Garry Buckton, Clinical Manager at Wesley Mission Queensland, says Asher House are very thankful to Capalaba State College for taking the time to get to know their community.  

“It’s been great forming a connection with the school and raising awareness around disability and more specifically acquired brain injuries. We really look forward to growing our relationship and can’t wait to hang up our new painting.”  

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