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13th March 2022 Latest News

Using Art as a Form of Meditation

Emma Kearton with dog Sam

Veteran Emma Kearton had never really been interested in art until she crossed paths with our Creative Arts Tutor Kaz Pedersen.

After serving in the Royal Australian Army for three years, Emma (pictured below) discharged in 2017 and met Kaz through an art class while she was an inpatient at the Jamie Larcombe Centre, which sparked a new discovery for Emma.

“I had never been interested in art until my stay at the Jamie Larcombe Centre and attended the art classes,” Emma said.

“Kaz helped me and many others in those classes and taught us that art is more than what is on a canvas, and that the actual process of making art can be therapeutic.

“I have found that art is like a form of meditation and you end up concentrating so completely on what you’re doing that you forget about everything else going on in your life.”

Scholarship Success

Thanks to the generous support of our donor community, the Centre for Creative Health (CCH) offers two art scholarships per semester for veterans to attend Adelaide Central School of Art, giving them the opportunity to expand their creativity and knowledge.

Emma has now completed a short course on the fundamentals of drawing to broaden her knowledge, and said she’s gaining the skillset to be able to create her own art while also meeting new people.

New venue for Veterans Art Program – Fullarton Art Studio

CCH is thrilled to share a new location for our Veterans Art Program at The Art Studio at Fullarton Park Community Centre!

Art Studio amongst a park, Art Studio on the outside is brown/red bricks

Our new Art Studio

You will find Kaz at the studio each week, giving veterans like Emma an opportunity to continue their creative practice and learn new techniques in a relaxed setting.

“Our new venue is providing an ideal site for the Veteran Art Program; peaceful, with plenty of off-street parking, a purpose-built studio with natural lighting, surrounded by the coolness and vivid greenness of the park,” Kaz said.

“I would like to thank artist and CCH Board Member Sarah McDonald for sharing this space with us.”

When: Mondays 1.30pm – 4pm
Where: The Art Studio, Fullarton Art Community Centre
411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton

Art materials, coffee and tea are provided.

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