Art of Woman

PlanEx10 Art and Craft Show

Every year, for the last ten years, Canberra Friends of Plan have hosted an Art and Craft Show to raise funds for a development project. This year the money raised by PlanEx10 is going to projects to improve access to clean water and sanitation for schools and the community the Kisarawe District, Tanzania.

Canberra Friends of Plan wish to thank Bob McMullan MP for opening the PlanEx10 Art and Craft Show in Canberra on Friday 27th November. I took some photos of Bob McMullan, one is posted on his website.

Bob McMullan MP is the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance and Member for Fraser. He is also a long term supporter of Plan International. He opened the first Plan show ten years ago and has maintained an active interest over the years. His opening address covered many issues including access to clean water and sanitation. These issues affect girls and women more directly than boys and men. In many parts of the world, including Tanzania, girls and women have the responsibility of obtaining the daily water for the household. This may require walking many kilometres or queuing for hours at a village well or pump. Improving access to clean water and sanitation has obvious health benefits. It also frees women from hours of drudgery, giving them time to learn skills, improve farming or develop businesses.

Bob McMullan also promoted the book "Because I am a Girl" which you can download from Plan's website:

He described how his own daughter’s life has been influenced by sponsoring a girl of similar age. His daughter noticed some similar interests and she saw the common humanity of girls the world over. His daughter also noticed the extra work load and pressures that poverty places on girls in developing countries.

This year was the best show ever with the most number of paintings sold, the highest value of craft sold and a great number of visitors.

Over the years, the Plan Art and Craft Show has supported local and emerging artists some of whom now exhibit regularly. The quality and professionalism of the artists was impressive. I exhibited three images; "Angel of Life and Death", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Red Riding Hood".

Below are photos I took at the opening.

Bob McMullan and Tricia Frake

PlanEx10 Art and Craft Show 2009

I exhibited three images; "Angel of Life and Death", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Red Riding Hood"