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The former homeless woman who found a sanctuary and art during COVID

At the beginning of 2020, Painter was living on the streets, struggling with addiction and the physical and mental scars from an abusive relationship.

Fast forward a year and on Sunday she is holding an art exhibition – From Adversity to Creativity – hosted by the owner of serviced apartments in East Melbourne whom Painter credits with saving her life.

  • Jewel Topsfield
  • The Age

Painter was one of more than 2000 homeless Victorians put up by the government in hotels during the pandemic to combat the spread of COVID-19.

She was placed in Birches Serviced Apartments in…

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