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…

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.…

Creative arts help heal Australia’s wounded ADF members

It’s not your typical rehabilitation regime, but the Australia Defence Force has embraced a rehabilitation program using creative arts to bring ADF members out of their shells. A report from SBS News by Kerrie Armstrong   http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/11/27/creative-arts-help-heal-australias-wounded-adf-members). Australian Army Staff Cadet Bethany Gallagher. (supplied) Australian Defence Force members are rediscovering their self confidence and learning…

Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease

Researchers from California University in Berkeley say studies show great nature and art boost the immune system ( A health report from The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11403404/Art-does-heal-scientists-say-appreciating-creative-works-can-fight-off-disease.html). People visit the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Photo: Getty The healing power of art and nature could be real after scientists discovered they boost…

Reflections on art and people flourishing together

Lynn Kapitan’s recent visit to La Trobe University has provoked much thought for different people. Kevin Prasetya and Erica Mainprize have been generous to share their reflections with us here…   Much of my time in studying my Masters, I was desperate to find a clear definition of our practice that sets Art Therapy apart from other disciplines.…

Considering a Landscape of Practice with Lynn Kapitan

On Tuesday this week  we were pleased to welcome Lynn Kapitan, Art Therapist, Researcher and Doctoral Program Director from Mount Mary University in the United States. Lynn spoke to a gathering that included Art Therapists and Art Therapy Trainees who are working with art and people in many different ways across Melbourne and Victoria.  She inspired…

The Red Pencil changes lives

The Red Pencil: Empowering People with Arts Therapy SINGAPORE, August 31th, 2015 – The Red Pencil is not your ordinary charity in Singapore. It is a charity that advocates the use of art in its quest to help the needy. Founded in 2011, The Red Pencil has provided extensive clinical art therapy sessions to hospitals,…