“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,…

In the news:

From the ABC News online: You may well have seen the high profile attention brought to art therapy as a valuable discipline by Mrs Karen Pence during her visit to Sydney.  It is very good to see positive messages about our work reaching the highest levels of government in some countries. By Philippa McDonald Updated…

The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver; One breath at a time.

In recent weeks Tarrawarra Museum has featured an exhibition of “The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver“. I was aware that this exhibition was happening but in the busy-ness of life I had not managed to make the trip to Tarrawarra. Despite knowing that it was on, I heard about the exhibition recently in a conversation with Patricia Fenner. As she described where she had…

An Ordinary Gift

What does the gift of art mean to you? The ‘Ordinary Gift’ of art is the focus of an exhibition created by Libby Byrne and currently showing at Tacit Contemporary Art in Abbotsford. The work in this exhibition is the result of engaging with art as a spiritual discipline in response to the theme, ‘Resurrection’.  The ordinary…

‘A New Place’

  My new home This week we are pleased to share the third of Sally Goldstraw’s videos exploring children’s voices within domestic violence. In some situations children must leave the home with their mother in order to be safe. Leaving the relationship is the most dangerous time for women and children.  Approximately 1 woman is murdered every…

‘My Family’

My family This week Sally Goldstraw continues sharing with us a series of videos that explore children’s voices within domestic violence. As an art therapist working in family violence, Sally has recently worked with Silverpod Productions, a small company who focus on social advocacy and awareness raising campaigns, in collaboration with WRISC family violence support…

‘I wish’

Introduction This week Sally Goldstraw begins the process of sharing with us a series of videos that explore children’s voices within domestic violence. As an art therapist working in family violence, Sally has recently worked with Silverpod Productions, a small company who focus on social advocacy and awareness raising campaigns, in collaboration with WRISC family…

Art as Therapy in Samoa

  On the South Pacific Island nation of Samoa, twenty minutes drive from the capital city Apia, is the Tiapapata Art Centre. Perched on a hillside and surrounded by jungle, it is here where victims of abuse learn to express themselves through art classes in drawing, pottery and woodblock as part of an ongoing art…

maps, gaps, zones…

How do the arts support the health of people who work within our healthcare system? The more that we speak about arts and health the more we become aware of practitioners who rely on the arts to support their own wellbeing as they work on the coalface of public health. When those who care for others,…

Art therapy classes help Bendigo patients who have mental health issues

ABC Central Victoria  By Larissa Romensky This article recently published by  Larissa Romensky from ABC Central Victoria explores the many benefits of the work that is happening with art therapy in Bendigo at the Vahland Complex. Larissa describes “an externally-funded art therapy program in Bendigo for people with serious mental health issues which aims to reduce stigma, with a…