‘Dementia’s silver lining: a creative flair’

This week we were pleased to discover a link to a wonderful story about the release of creativity that is possible for those suffering dementia. “Featured on SBS The Feed in October 2016, this is the story of “a ground-breaking new study (that) has found for some, dementia unleashes a wave of creativity and gives…

Immersed in the arts and health at the NGV.

This week Carmen Milic shares her reflections on the experience of working with the team from La Trobe University to present the recent Master Classes at the NGV. Thanks  Carmen for your work on that day – and also for sharing your thoughts with us in this way. Photograph: Dr Patricia Fenner On Friday 2nd March…

So who is an artist anyway?

We are looking forward to the opportunity to explore this question and others at the NVG on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March.  The upcoming series of Art Therapy Masterclasses brings together experts from La Trobe University’s Art Institute and Masters of Art Therapy program to consider the effects of art making in mental health and wellbeing. You…

Art and Expressivity

This week we are pleased to featured an interview by Dr Giselle Roberts with Dr Patricia Fenner.  Featured in the most recent SHE Review, this interview explores the power of expressivity with particular reference to recent work undertaken by Dr Fenner in a two-week art therapy program at the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia. A picture…

While the Hour, Testing Grounds Residency 2017

This week we are pleased to share a reflection from artist and art therapist, Alanna Lorenzon. Alana has been exploring Deep Time, and discovering how inventive methods that foster creative thinking and alternative learning for groups and individuals. We expect that her ideas and images may evoke further questions and so as always we invite you to respond…

Remembering the Empty Coolamons

A reflection from Libby Byrne and Angela Morgan: Last weekend, as part of National Reconciliation Week 2017, Australians reflected on two significant anniversaries in our reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. On Saturday we each found our way independently of one another to The…

“A Perfect Distortion” featuring @ the ONJ Centre now…

This week sees the opening of a new exhibition by Marietta Elliott-Kleerkoper. Opening at the ONJ Cancer and Wellness Centre this week, ‘A Perfect Distortion’ is an exhibition that brings photography and poetry together as an invitation to see deeply. Having worked in the Open Studio at the ONJ Centre, Marietta now offers images and words,…