Art Journaling for Carers – Special Exhibition
October 1 @ 9:30 am - October 31 @ 6:00 pm
October is Mental Health Month, and Port Macquarie Library will be hosting a beautiful exhibition of art work from Mission Australia’s Art Journaling for Mental Health Carers program. The program has been running for the past three years through Mission Australia, in partnership with Grace Church Port Macquarie.
It has been an incredibly enjoyable journey and creative time for all the carers who have been attending and there has been a strong sense of learning and joy as carers have created art in a supportive group setting. This has allowed carers to enjoy creative activity and develop artworks from scratch even if they have no previous art or craft experience. Carers love this program as they relax into making art and can experience the discovery of their creativity – something they often miss out on in their daily lives as a carer. The Art Journaling for Carers is held on the third Monday of every month and all mental health carers are welcome to attend. If you have someone with a mental health issue that you are supporting or caring for and you want to join our free program please contact Claudia Richardson by email at email@example.com or by mobile 0408 265039 and let her know that you would like to attend.
What is an art journal? An art journal is similar to a written journal, except that it may incorporate colours, collage, images, patterns and other materials, sometimes called mixed media art. Some art journals have a lot of writing while others are purely filled with images or a mixture of words and images. Essentially it is a form of creative self-care. The beauty of an art journal is that it is a space to express yourself and have a sense of ‘anything goes’. It’s a space where people can express and explore feelings and experiences through images, writing, and just playful mark making. Art journaling is also a space to develop art and craft skills plus it is a healthy, experimental, expressive outlet that can evolve into a highly supportive form of self-care. Regardless of whether or not you see yourself as having any art ‘talent’ or training, all you need to do art journaling is some simple art and craft materials and a willingness to play and experiment with the art materials. It is the play and joy that’s so therapeutic!
You are warmly invited to join us for morning tea on Monday 14 October at 10:30am to celebrate Carers Week and this special exhibition.