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Art(ful) Futures Industry Forum: Art as a Pathway to Wellness

November 13, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

$25 - $45

This full day conference will include presentations from researchers in the field of mental health and the arts, arts administrators, Art(ful) Futuresartists and occupational therapists. Aimed at industry and arts professionals the program includes a specialist session: Working with Youth.


For artists, health workers and arts administrators. 

Cost: $45 per person
Morning tea and lunch included
(full program below)

This Industry Forum connects to the exhibition:
21 October – 3 December 2017

This exhibition has evolved through a collaborative partnership project between Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Arts in Recovery, and Newcastle Community Arts Centre. Throughout workshop sessions, the partners have been committed to consulting with, supporting and mentoring a group of mental health service users through the process of skill development needed to develop art practice outside institutional avenues. Established artists and museum/gallery workers have participated in a formally designed program of workshops to mentor the participants. For this group of emerging artists, wellbeing and a sense of self lies partly in being able to develop their skill and confidently identify as artists in a ‘future full of art’.

A Gallery partnership project with Arts in Recovery and Newcastle Community Arts Centre coordinated by artists Jo O’Toole and John Cliff and supported by Create NSW through the Regional Partnerships Program.


10.30 Registration and Morning Tea

10.45 Welcome – Debbie Abraham LMCAG Director

10.50 Art(ful) Futures Project Overview and exhibition tour by participants

-Debbie Abraham LMCAG Director
-Allan Johnson Occupational Therapist
-Jo O’Toole Mentoring Artist

11.50 Aboriginal Mental Health and the Arts, Kate Forbes-Walker Aboriginal Mental Health Liaison Officer

12.10 Journeys + Creative Connections: Maitland Regional Art Gallery Carol Gant Arts In Recovery and Flourish

12.30 LUNCH

1.00 Inclusion in the Arts Justine Cogan Octapod Development Manager

1.20 Sensory Rooms Bliss Cavanagh Artist and Founder – Happy Senses

1.40 Youth Strategies Panel Presentations and Q&A
-Dayle Fogarty Specialist Youth Support Worker Project Community Activities Lake Macquarie (CALM)
-Allison Pennings Clinical Nurse Specialist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

2.25 Connections and Possibilities with Afternoon Tea – Breakout Groups

3.30 – 4.00 Future Directions


November 13, 2017
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
$25 - $45
Event Category:


Lake Macquarie


Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
First St
Booragul, 2284 Australia
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