This project was designed to continue an earlier project started to provide a series of art workshops for mental health clients by employing the services of a professional art teacher and artist.
With the combined assistance of Brisbane City Council, and grants from Redland Hospital Auxiliary and the RADF the project is a resounding success. Participation rates in the program by mental health clients are very high with only a few discontinuing the series of excellent workshops in painting and drawing provided by art professional Jack Oudyn. His enthusiasm is transmitted throughout the group, which meets for a series of twenty-two workshops over eleven weeks at Wynnum Municipal Hall, Wynnum, and again at Capalaba. Artwork by members of the group who now call themselves MIA (Mind In Art), will be shown at Redland Art Gallery in Cleveland during Mental Health Week October 10-16, 2004.
The obvious improvement in personal self-esteem experienced as a result of this project has greatly helped the group lead more enjoyable and productive lives. Several members have secured employment and training during the course of the project. The group is keen to continue its involvement in community arts projects should the opportunity arise.
All of the above who are dealing with issues of homelessness.
The main aim of this project is to improve personal self-esteem to help the group of mental health clients lead more enjoyable and productive lives as members of a diverse community.
Benefits of the project include those resulting from collaborative decision making, small group interaction and management of time and resources. Workshops will improve skills in communication and fine motor co-ordination in the artwork produced by the group, many of whom had never previously experienced art activity. The improved awareness resulting from close working relationships with the art teacher and the partnership with Bayside District Mental Health Services will be invaluable in improvement in self-esteem and confidence in all participants.
The community will gain a better understanding of mental health clients and value their contribution to the diversity of community values. In addition the community will increase its awareness of the important role that art has in facilitating this acceptance and tolerance in the community.