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Art and Spirituality in Ireland

Attending a recent conference about ‘Art and Spirituality’ in Trinity College, Dublin presented me with a unique opportunity to see ‘The Book of Kells’. This rare treasure is an illuminated gospel manuscript believed to have been created c.800. The manuscript today comprises 340 folios and is bound in four volumes. The leaves are on high-quality calf vellum and the elaborate ornamentation that…

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…

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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,…

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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…

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2016 Invitation; Respect and Kindness Through Drawing – A Cross-Cultural Children’s Charity Project (CCCC)

Express Yourself and celebrate intercultural tolerance and diversity! You can draw someone who sparked your curiosity. • A Cross-Cultural Children’s Charity Mission (CCCC) to develop and strengthen Children mental and emotional wellbeing and social skills through drawing. Throughout History artists have used portraiture to convey expressions of empathetic understanding. Portraits tell stories that are an intrinsic…

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The Emotional Life of Objects

Linda Judge, Howard’s Shoes, 2014, Acrylic on linen, 1500 x 1020mm, (Image courtesy of the artist) In the wake of her husband’s sudden death Linda Judge painted his personal possessions. “Initially I believed that if I painted his things it would stop me forgetting who he was and then maybe, it might be easier to throw some…

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Have you seen Warhol and Weiwei?

Have you seen Warhol and Weiwei?  This question has been buzzing around Melbourne over recent months as the NGV hosts a major international exhibition featuring two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, explores…

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Christmas in Day Oncology

A report from Lama Majaj about cancer patients decorating the Chemotherapy Day unit at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre When cancer crosses a person’s path, it is a life-altering experience for the individual and their family. Patients receiving chemotherapy treatment can visit the Olivia newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre every day for many weeks.…