Innovative transformation for cancer patients

An Arts in Healthcare performance that transformed inpatient wards on a still summer night:  A reflection from Lama Majaj   The Coburg Trolls Choir performed in peculiar spaces on the inpatients wards at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre last week. The night performance spontaneously emerged in response to the environment as members of…

Call out for Artists

Are you an artist with an ASD, or do you know someone who is?  We want to hear from you. Following on from the success of our first Frame of Mind exhibition in 2014, OTARC are celebrating the 8th World Autism Awareness Day again with another exhibition in April and May.  Frame of Mind 2015…

Empty Coolamons

We are pleased to be able to share with you the news that the exhibition Empty Coolamons is currently on show at the Melbourne Museum until the 26th of April 2015.   This is an extraordinary exhibition by Robyne Latham and we invite you to listen to Robyne speak about her work or check out her website…

Sonia Donnellan – art-making in uncertainty

A reflection from Sonia Donnellan: Artist and MAT Art Therapy trainee. During 2014 I exhibited artwork at various Artist Run Initiatives around Melbourne while doing the first year of a Master of Art Therapy at La Trobe University. As I look back over the year a common theme that links each of the artworks is…

Making Art for Mental Health in SAMOA

A report from Dr Patricia Fenner Last year I had the privilege to join Margaret Goding and Brigid Ryan from Asia Australia Mental Health and Steve and Wendy Percival at Tiapapata Art Centre in a project designed to build public understanding of mental illness and trauma in Samoa. This project was funded by Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) and…

Day of the Dead at the NGV

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS – A Mexican celebration that remembers the dead. On November 2nd 2014, La Trobe University, in partnership with the Building Healthy Communities RFA, celebrated an ancient Mexican tradition that honours the cycle of life and acknowledges death as a normal part of life. Dr Stanley Brandes, Robert H. Lowie Professor of Anthropology at UC…

Art and the brain

Jim Chambliss, School of Medicine, University of Melbourne is involved in a number of educational and research projects, particularly around representing the experience of epilepsy .   To find out more about Jim’s work also See http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/the-brain-is-a-beautiful-riddle-20140721-zv8xn.html; The art of epilepsy http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/epilepsy2c-from-demonic-possession-to-artistic-expression/5612224

ABOUT

We offer this blog as further space for conversations about the arts and health – for swapping news, ideas, experiences and inspiring examples from practice and research. The blog is hosted by La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, because the four initial editors are staff members here. It is an outcome, in a way, of…

Something to Sing About

Something to Sing About (STSA), a global network of choirs for cancer survivors, was launched in University Hospital Galway on Wednesday 14 November 2012. STSA is the brainchild of Dr Paul Donnellan, Consultant Medical Oncologist at Galway University Hospitals and Mayo General Hospital. Dr Paul Donnellan said: A diagnosis of cancer is shocking news and…