Art and mental health recovery – flourishing in Fiji

Patricia Fenner has recently been in Fiji working with Brigid Ryan (St Vincent’s Public Hospital) in the delivery of an Art Therapy program with the Fiji Alliance for Mental Health. Here they are photographed in an exhibition featuring artwork that was completed over the past 12 months. The exhibition was an opportunity to acknowledge the…

A story in the making

For the eighth year in a row La Trobe University was a proud partner of the Shepparton Festival. In 2019 the theme ‘Story Bowl’ embraced the creativity within Greater Shepparton while celebrating the region’s rich agricultural history. An Art Therapy Workshop on 24 March was hosted at La Trobe’s Shepparton Campus, and included a lecture…

A creative community lane way revival

This week we are pleased to feature a story from art therapist, Alyshia Bensch who was recently involved in an amazing laneway revival that brought the community together in Hamilton Victoria. Thanks so much for sharing these images and this inspiring story Alyshia!   The McGuigans Laneway Pavement Mural was a project funded by local…

Art making and mental health recovery in Fiji

An update from Dr Patricia Fenner Last week I had the pleasure of working with Brigid Ryan from Australia Asia Mental Health and St Vincent’s Hospital, in Suva, Fiji. There we engaged in workshops on art making and mental health recovery with colleagues, carers and some consumers from the Community Recovery Outreach Program (CROP), Fiji…

Can you paint your way to better health?

“Being able to show that work and be so open about my story has made me realise how brave I really am,” (Marnie Higgs). This week we were pleased to read a feature article in the Wellbeing section of the Sydney Morning Herald about the benefits of art making for our mental health and wellbeing.…

Artworks with a special history

Donation of Larundel patient works to be shown at La Trobe University site An article written by Brittany Shanahan and published on 24 Apr 2018, Whittlesea Leader, Melbourne.   A UNIQUE collection of artworks created by patients at the former Larundel Psychiatric Hospital in Macleod will now be showcased at LaTrobe University. More than 1400 pieces were…

‘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…