Cancer Council Victoria is calling on all Australians who have been touched by cancer to share their experiences creatively by entering the Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards.
A community event open to both professional and budding artists, the Arts Awards accepts entries in visual art, short story, film, poetry, Indigenous art, and children's writing and art.
Cancer Council Helpline Coordinator Mary Mercovich said that the Arts Awards are an opportunity to learn about the many ways cancer impacts our community.
"With one Australian diagnosed with cancer every five minutes, many Australians will one day feel the impact of cancer," Ms Mercovich said.
"By sharing these experiences creatively, we can learn from each other and find new ways to support people facing cancer," she said.
Ms Mercovich said that the Arts Awards are also an opportunity for people who have experienced cancer to connect with others who truly understand.
"A cancer journey can at times feel like a lonely experience," Ms Mercovich said.
"We know from the thousands of calls we get to our 13 11 20 Cancer Council Helpline each year that many people facing cancer feel a real need to connect with others who have faced a similar journey.
"Along with services like our Cancer Connect peer support program, the Arts Awards plays a key role in meeting this need," she said.
The 2009 Arts Awards theme is ‘embrace,' and entries are open to all Australians who have experienced cancer, whether directly or indirectly.
In addition to cash prizes for Outstanding Entrants, a diverse range of works will be displayed in a touring exhibition that begins in Melbourne, and travels throughout regional Victoria.
Entries close on Friday 3 April, so why not embrace this opportunity today? For more information or to download an entry form, visit our arts awards pages or call 1300 65 65 85.
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