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The Alberton Art Trail has won the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Australia Day Award for Best Event. The joint project from The Pear Coffee House and leading South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home), features a walking trail of art created with Alberton residents exploring the meaning, experiences, memories and future of ‘HOME’.

During the global pandemic, The Pear Coffee House mobilised the community of Alberton and neighbouring suburbs to create the Trail in a bid to bring people together through art, culture and neighbourliness and celebrate the notion of ‘home’.

The Art Trail included multiple private and public properties activated with murals, interactive art, stobie pole art, ephemeral paintings, sculptures and butterfly garden murals. The event, which has left Alberton with a creative legacy that the community continues to enjoy every day, was also a registered event for the 2020 SALA Festival with more than 25 artworks displayed over one weekend and producing ten legacy artworks that are still on show.

Alberton Art Trail Coordinator Annemijn van Marlen said when she first thought about the concept, she had no idea that it would grow to more than 25 artworks linked together by an eight kilometre (walking) trail.

“The reaction from the community has been overwhelming. Who could have imagined that people who have lived on the same street for over 40 years met each other for the first time whilst painting a mural on the toilet block in their local park,” says Annemijn.

“One of my favourite pieces was a paste-up of drawings of window frames portraying the outdoors from inside.”

ECH Community Engagement and Diversity Manager Robyn Lierton said The Pear Coffee House partnership that initiated in 2017 had spawned a range of community orientated, inclusive projects aligning with the organisation’s mission to enable older South Australians to remain living independently in their own home.

“ECH is very proud to work in partnership with The Pear Coffee House in the creation of the Alberton Art Trail. The art trail has had an extremely positive impact on the local residents and community by bringing people together to connect and build friendships, during a time of enforced isolation,” says Robyn.

“We look forward to further share projects and events that celebrate connection, community and neighbourliness”.

For more information on the Alberton Art Trail please visit thepear.com.au/albertonarttrail/

For more information on the Pear Coffee House please visit thepear.com.au/

ABOUT ECH

ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) is a leading not-for-profit provider of services that promote self-determination and enable people to have the best life possible as they age. ECH supports more than 15,000 people and employs more than 650 staff, including home support workers, nursing, allied and other health professionals, maintenance teams and administrators.

ECH has 1,838 independent living units across 109 retirement villages throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Victor Harbor and Ardrossan, four Wellness Centres, four dementia-friendly Day Programs and a custom-designed Short Stay Respite Centre.

For more information, please visit ech.asn.au

ABOUT THE ECH AND THE PEAR COFFEE HOUSE PARTNERSHIP

The Pear Coffee House and ECH work together in a unique mutually beneficial partnership to build a connected community in Alberton and surrounds. ECH provides people with an opportunity to remain living independently in their own homes when reaching an advanced age. The Pear contributes to a sense of social connectedness for our neighbours, assisting in maintaining their independent lifestyle.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Durward, alex@jpmedia.com.au | 0401 947 074

Posted: January 27, 2021