A joint approach: Using occupational and art therapy to support mental health recovery at Thomas Embling Hospital

This week we are pleased to feature a story which explores how engaging with art making has supported a group of people in building a sense of hope and optimism for their future, despite the experience of living with the isolation and lockdown that has accompanied this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. Ella Mayo (Occupational Therapist) and…

Painting for memory in a time of isolation

In this time of isolation, I have 2 paintings hanging on the wall in my home office that evoke warm memories of January 2020, the time before Covid19 began to change my experience of the world. The images were made by my grandchildren, Ava and Ethan Byrne, in response to a visit we made to…

When the going gets tough, artists and arts educators get going

This week we are featuring an article from EduResearch Matters, a blog from the Australia Association for Research in Education. This article written by Kathryn Coleman and Mark Selkrig considers how, “…despite the gloomy outlook, we are seeing artists and arts educators, survive, adapt and some ways even thrive in this time of change.” CATEGORIES#CreateAustraliasFuture, #inseadrawcloser, #KeepTheMusicGoing, Arts education, Education and the Arts, Multimodal arts…

‘Unprecedented times’ for the art of flourishing

This week Carmen Milic reflects with us on the way in which the practice of art making seems to be blossoming as we live in isolation and wonders about relationship between art and our flourishing in these “unprecedented times”. “Unprecedented times” These are two words I repeatedly receive as I scroll through my social media…

Touch at a distance

A reflection from Kate Richards Our collective retreat indoors has created gaps. Physically between us. In our sense of normalcy and knowledge of how to respond to this new order of things.  Confronted with the physical distancing that pervades this current reality, I am brought to contemplate the qualities of art objects as an emotional…

Being with art and people in galleries…

When was the last time you saw an exhibition in a gallery? For me – it was March 7th, 2020 – at Chapman & Bailey in Abbotsford, Melbourne. I remember that it was a sunny Saturday afternoon in Melbourne. I was fortunate enough to be listening to floor talks from artists whose work was represented…