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Art Exhibition – Garvan Institute of Medical Research

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9am to 5pm, 12 – 15 APRIL 2016
384 Victoria St, Darlinghurst

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[one_half padding=”0 50px 0 0″]Bernie doesn’t just shake! is a 4 day exhibition about people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) that have re-invented themselves and as a result are benefiting from their positive attitude.

Indeed, science is beginning to reveal that positive attitudes, community involvement, physical activity and social interactions are all beneficial for people living with PD.

The exhibition features Bernie McGrath and some of his paintings. A former successful commercial agent Bernie has reinvented himself and became a dedicated painter.

He applies an eclectic mixture of techniques to create his artworks: “I am always looking for different methods of application from using traditional instruments such as brushes and palette knives to water pistols and even the garden hose.”

[one_half padding=”0 50px 0 0″]Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is life-changing news that nobody wants to receive, but it’s not all bad. By sharing the personal stories of people living with the disease It’s Not Funny reveals a positive aspect to this diagnosis. Being positive can open doors to a new aspect of life. Perhaps you reinvent yourself, perhaps you go and do those things you have always put off, perhaps you contribute to research, or you connect with others in the community to share your positivity and help them to live well too.

With much sad news about people being diagnosed with PD, we think it’s time to talk about the brighter side of living with the condition.

Come and visit the exhibition and talk to some exceptional people about the impact of being positive when diagnosed with PD.
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Bernie Dashboard Wobbly Doll

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[one_half padding=”0 50px 0 0″]We had an idea to produce something that was both fun and reminded people living with Parkinson’s Disease as well as their loved ones to be positive. So when we brainstormed ideas about an object that people could purchase we came up with the dashboard doll.

Bernie the model
One of the people living with Parkinson’s and has completely re-invented himself is Bernie. He is an inspiration to many others, becoming a passionate artist after closing down his real estate business when he was diagnosed with the disease. Bernie also loves music and has a good sense of humour. We told him about our plan to create wobbly dashboard dolls and he just loved it. He offered to be the model and that’s how our Bernie dashboard doll was born!

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[one_half padding=”0 50px 0 0″]The 3D Scannning
We were fortunate to meet Shane Rolton, from Wysiwyg 3D, who are experts in 3D scanning, printing and digitisation. Shane listened with interest to our idea, and then he shared with us that his grandfather had Parkinson’s. He saw an opportunity to use Wysiwyg’s expertise to contribute to a good cause. It took only about 10 minutes with a portable 3D scanner to scan Bernie. It was fascinating to see how quickly the 3D model appeared on the computer screen and Bernie had fun looking at his digital ‘minime’.

3D Printing of the prototype
Wysiwyg printed a few smaller versions and we worked together to modify the figure with a little spring so that it would ‘wobble’ when moving it. It was fun driving around the block to test if the figure wobbled on the car dashboard. Our final version is now in production, and can be purchased by going to this link:

Buy a Bernie Dashboard Wobbly Doll


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Bernie’s Paintings

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[one_half padding=”0 50px 0 0″]“My work is spontaneous, instinctive and organic.
It grows with every splash or drop of paint.
The thoughts that inspire initially often change as the work progresses.
The application can be by great big bold strokes to small intimate marks.
Every painting comprises a series of layers with each layer creating
greater depth and texture.
I am always looking for different methods of application from using
traditional instruments such as brushes and palette knives to water pistols and even the garden hose.”
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About It’s Not Funny

It’s Not Funny is a community action that gives people living with Parkinson’s disease a voice to share something positive. Through photography, words, film and humour we hope to kick start a wave of positivity in the community. In so doing, we hope to create a destination for people with PD and as well as the general public, to come together and to feel more at ease with the disease.

Our focus is to raise awareness for the disease, and this event at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of many campaigns that It’s Not Funny initiates. Please support our efforts by buying a Bernie Wobbly Doll or ordering a book or simply just give a donation.

Pre-order a book
Buy a Bernie Dashboard Wobbly Doll

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The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

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[one_half padding=”0 50px 0 0″]The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of Australia’s leading biomedical research institutes, pioneering study into the most widespread diseases affecting our community today, including cancer, neurodegenerative and mental diseases, disorders of the immune system, diabetes and obesity, osteoporosis and other skeletal disorders.

Visit The Garvan’s webpage


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A special thanks to all who helped…
So what’s next for “It’s Not Funny’?