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Wellbeing Art Workshops
Thu 17 August 2017, at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu 21 September 2017,
For carers of people with mental health issues. Spend 15 weeks making art with professional artists Maralyn Nash and Pol Cruz . Free.
Spend a couple of hours each week, over 15 weeks, making art and learning new skills in a relaxed social environment. Free workshops, aimed at carers of people with mental health issues.
The workshops will be ran by respected local artists Maralyn Nash and Pol Cruz.
The weekly workshops run for three hours on a Thursday (10am-1pm) at the Coventry Room at Parkes Shire Council. Whilst a specific 15 week program has been developed participants can join at any time.
Arts OutWest has set up this and eight other local programs across the region on behalf of House with No Steps, who have provided the funding.
“Arts is a great vehicle for assisting people with their mental health wellbeing, particularly when we’re able to strengthen these projects through relationships with the health sector,” Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan said. “These workshops have been designed as a time-out activity for carers – those looking after family members with mental health challenges including dementia.”
Maralyn Nash will run eight weeks of the program, followed by ceramic artist Pol Cruz. Maralyn has designed her workshops will focus on ‘’Kintsugi’, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. “Reinforcing that embracing our imperfections and wounds can be transformed into something even more beautiful through art”, Ms Nash said.
Caring on from Maralyn’s theme but also looking at issues of recycling and caring for the environment, Pol Cruz will use ‘raw materials’ like found objects, pottery, recycled materials, discarded bits and pieces of wire, tin and wood to help give the participants insights or creative ideas on how to create or produce unrelated objects into a piece of art.
It’s hoped that works created over the 15 weeks can be shown in small exhibition showcasing the transformational journey of health and healing through the arts.
Arts OutWest has built this program in close consultation with mental health and disability support services across the region. Health professionals will attend some of the sessions.
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