Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Art therapy in Australia

I came across this link, it is part of Australia's response to helping those with mental health issues, using art therapy. One of the key strategies they use is promoting solo and group exhibitions. 

Government of Western Australia, Department of Health 

Art therapy for mental health recovery 

CECAT events and exhibitions

Image of exhibition
CECAT hosts several annual group and solo art exhibitions through out the year open to the general public:
  • Annual Schizophrenia Awareness Week art exhibition in May
  • Annual Mental Health Week art exhibition in October
  • Annual Sale and art exhibition at the end of the year
  • Solo artists and group exhibitions throughout the year
All exhibitions are open to the public for viewing, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. Many works are for sale at very affordable prices. Call to view or otherwise drop by during these times to view an exhibition. Most exhibitions are open for 2-4 weeks.

Today, CECAT continues to serve both inpatients and community participants, utilising the open studio for arts exploration and self-development, art therapy, consultation to other services and art education classes, all aimed towards the therapeutic recovery and well-being of participating participants.

CECAT continues to support several annual events – Schizophrenia Awareness Week and Mental Health Week with exhibitions on site.  We also host many other exhibitions through out the year, both group and solo ones, showcasing participants art works.