Arts & Health in Grenfell

Filed : Ageing and disability, Arts & Health .

Arts OutWest arts and health coordinator Christine McMillan spent two days in Grenfell in June to demonstrate how the Arts can be used to assist in promoting health and well being.
Christine was guest speaker at the June meeting of the Grenfell Hospital Auxiliary. She brought with her ‘Art in a Suitcase’ from Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and showed how objects can be used to stimulate memory and conversation. Christine addressed a group at the Men’s Shed and was able to work with residents at the MPS.

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Christine sharing Art in a Suitcase with Grenfell Hospital Auxilary

“She was most impressed with the strong supportive community spirit that she experienced in Grenfell. Christine enjoyed visiting Kathleen McCue’s Patina Gallery, as well as the Grenfell Art Gallery. Christine praised the Weddin Shire Council for the support it gives to the Arts through the Gallery, the Festival and the screening of movies at the Hub, as well as assisting in health matters where possible,” Said Hospital Auxiliary member Pam Livingstone.

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Christine McMillan visits Grenfell Men’s Shed

Christine is liaising with the local health service providers and has scheduled more visits to Grenfell.

Update

October 24, 2014

Christine McMillan opened her Materials exhibition at Grenfell Art Gallery in October. During the set up of the exhibition Christine was able to offer training to gallery volunteers in areas like exhibition assembly and handling work.

Through her Arts OutWest work with health services in Grenfell Christine was able to bring health clients in to the gallery to see – and touch – some of the works in her exhibition.

Read the story in the Grenfell Record…