IN THE MOMENT > Painting with Parkinson’s Group
> Main Gallery
Opening night > Friday 7 April, 5:30pm
This is an exciting survey exhibition of artwork emerging from two creative art programs involving people with Parkinson’s. The Canberra based group ‘Painting with Parkinson’s’ has attracted international attention through its pioneering approaches and over the last two years has been conducting an exchange of artwork with a similar program operating in Barcelona, Spain. The collaborative involvement with musicians has been central to both programs with the presence of sound and live music enabling a compelling experience for participants and generating a rich and powerful series of artworks.
‘In the moment – en el moment present’
‘When a CSO musician shares their music, a whole new world opens up for me. I am able to block out all of my Parkinson’s symptoms and just be in the moment and respond – with the touch of a brush, feather or any other painting medium – to the music I am listening to. I feel my work is enhanced by the live music and the response of the musician to what I am creating ‘. Group participant
‘ In the moment ‘ is a joint exhibition of artwork emerging from 2 creative art programs involving people suffering from Parkinson’s. The Canberra Program ‘Painting with Parkinson’s’ has been established for over twenty years and has attracted international attention through its pioneering approaches. Central to this innovation has been collaborative involvement with musicians from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and ANU School of Music. The presence of sound and live music has enabled a compelling experience for participants in the program generating a rich and powerful series of artworks.
Over the last two years as a way of sharing some of the insights and experience we have gained in this project we have been conducting an exchange of artwork with a similar program operating in Barcelona, Spain. The Exhibition ‘In the moment ‘ can be viewed not only as a visual conversation between these two cultures – Catalan and Australian – but also as an opportunity to promote the aesthetic, physical and psychological benefits of a creative Arts program in dealing with Parkinson’s and a range of related neurological conditions.
It is envisaged that an extension to this exhibition will be installed in Barcelona as part of the exchange. Canberra Symphony Orchestra have also indicated their commitment to providing a live musical accompaniment at the Opening and participation in a series of workshops which explore the connections between music, mark and movement.
A further intention is to tour the exhibition through a series of selected regional galleries especially to Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery where the establishment of an arts program for Parkinson’s is underway.