The Salvation Army Doorways Hub's art program achieved landmark recognition over the weekend with a number of its clients taking part in an art exhibition.
Many of those who make use of the art supplies and creative space provided at the the hub are without an address or safe home but their art has a new home at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre for a short time.
Much of the art has already been sold.
In among the prestigious work of Daly River talent Keiren Karritpul was the art of Annette Gibson, Brenda Brown, Bronwyn Sampson, Janet Dreamer, Jeannie Daniels, Jereline Brown, Marjorie Gibson, Mercia Lewis, Peter Daniels and Rachel Granites Rennie.
Many of the artists were on hand for the opening of their exhibition on the weekend.
All of them are suffering homelessness issues.
The irony of this situation wasn't lost on Senior Case Manager Dean Jones as he addressed the crowd.
"When you all leave here tonight I want you to remember that when some us leave we won't be going home to a safe space, some of us are going somewhere unsafe," he said.
Speaking today from the Hub, Mr Jones made reference to the boost it gives people sleeping rough to receive such recognition.
"To come down here is cathartic for them because they can come in off the street, be able to relax and just create," he said.
"They're contributing through what they create and a lot of the art was sold before the gallery even opened so that shows the value they bring.
"It's brilliant for their self-esteem, they were so chuffed to see their art displayed and we thank Godinymayin for that opportunity because it means a lot to them," Mr Jones said.
Peter Daniels contributed two pieces to the exhibition including a large piece of a skeleton snake and goana.
"When I paint I don't really plan too much, I just begin and let the image come together in my head," he said.
"Going down to the Hub to paint is a chance for me to have what I need to do my art," Mr Daniels said.
Fellow artist Janet Dreamer said she has been painting since she was a young child, but it is only through the access to supplies the hub offers that she has been able to start again.
"I love to paint birds and kangaroos, anything from the bush and especially if it's good tucker," she said.
"My grandmother and grandfather taught me so it's special to be able to keep going.
"I just want to do more art and maybe some bigger pieces next so I will keep going down there," Ms Dreamer said.
Bronwyn Sampson's textured works at Godinymayin were exceptional, and Dean said having her in the centre doing art means she is safer than she could ever be in the long grass.
The Doorways Hub also has a host of artists and completed works available to the public for sale.
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