Local Chill Art sessions have enabled participants from Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Ryde affected by a range of life set-backs, to focus on something positive and meaningful; to create beautiful artworks, and to begin reconnecting with their community and social networks.
Over 100 of their mixed media artworks were shown at the first-ever This is Us exhibition at the Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in Hornsby in December.
New Chill Art sessions for 2018 have now been released and interested community members are encouraged to contact organiser, Primary and Community Care Services (PCCS), for details on how to register.
PCCS Chill Art coordinator, Justin Denes, has seen real benefits in participants’ sense of wellbeing as they develop skills and explore interests in art. According to Justin, “The group has been a source of support, enjoyment, and connection for participants with a shared appreciation for being creative and doing something different.” Chill Art is one of several social groups provided by PCCS’ Well Together program.
“The Chill Art sessions are led by a team of professionals and provide opportunities to try different art materials and explore their uses. They’re a wonderful outlet to build skills for expressing yourself through art by using different techniques, colours and subjects,” said Justin.
Recent Chill Art participant, Janetta Robards, appreciated being able to create and connect through the art sessions, after a debilitating back injury sustained at work in May.
“Making art has been very important to me as a place to hold my pain and suffering during this time and try to bring beauty and meaning out of it. Many of my subjects are ones that bring me comfort and hope.”
Chill Art sessions will start from February 2, running weekly every Friday from 1.30pm – 3.30pm in Hornsby.