Juno recently concluded our eight week ‘Art for Recovery and Wellbeing Workshops’, with a second series planned for July.
Women who have experienced homelessness often have poor mental health outcomes; worrying about paying the rent, constantly moving from place to place, or living in fear of a violent partner all take their toll. Trauma, anxiety and depression, and social isolation are common amongst women who have experienced homelessness.
Research shows that the process of making art can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as promote healing by allowing participants to connect with their inner emotional experience.
In the eight week workshops – facilitated by artist Anne – women explore a range of techniques from painting to creating clay sculptures.
The workshops also provide participants with the opportunity to connect with other women who have had similar lived experiences, as well as link them to services.
Anne explains how the workshops have been valuable in forming a sense of community amongst the women in attendance.
The sense of community that develops through creating art together is uplifting and can help women feel less alone and much more connected to others. It is a wonderful thing to experience – as a participant and, for me, the facilitator. – Anne, artist and workshop facilitator.
Participants reported feeling more relaxed and wanting to do more for themselves after taking part in the workshops.
“I have enjoyed these workshops. Meeting with other women and hearing their stories. Everyone has a voice in these sessions and there is no judgement. The artwork keeps my mind off problems and allows me to concentrate on what I am doing.”
“I am more calm and relaxed. The space is nice.”
“I am more happy and satisfied as I am doing something for myself. At home, I worry about cooking and cleaning; this time is for myself.”
“I am inspired to get back into artwork and try and find more time to do things for myself.”
“I want to do more things for myself and only for myself.”
In the second series of workshops, which will begin in July, participants are set to learn and explore pottery techniques.
If you would like to find out more about Juno’s Art Workshops or make a referral, please contact us on 03 8692 2020.
Our Art Therapy Workshops have been kindly funded through Australia Post’s Community Grants Program and Harold Mitchell Foundation.