Resilience

Resilience | An open exhibition for Mental Health Month

Resilience
An open exhibition for Mental Health Month

Gungaderra Homestead, Harrison
18 October –
20 October 2019

Opening hours
6-8pm Friday 18 October
10am-4pm Saturday 19 October
10am-2pm Sunday 20 October

As part of Mental Health Month in Canberra, Belconnen Arts Centre, Gungahlin Arts and This Is My Brave Australia present Resilience, an open call exhibition at Gungaderra Homestead, between 18-20 October. Artists from across the ACT and New South Wales were invited to respond to the theme of resilience, either by sharing part of their own mental health story or by responding to the idea of resilience more broadly. Resilience speaks of strength and recovery, but also acknowledges that this is a continuous process, and often not a linear one.


Exhibition opening and Head Slam: Poetry on the Mind and in the Brain

6-8pm Friday 18 October

Exhibition to be opened by Canberra artist Mariana Del Castillo. Join us for a drink, a nibble and a celebration of resilience as you admire the artworks in the exhibition. The official opening will be followed by Head Slam: Poetry on the Mind and in the Brain. Head Slam is a dynamic and diverse celebration of the voice of lived experience through original poetry, presented by Red Flag Canberra.


Drop-in arts and crafts 

Drop-in arts and crafts

10am-4pm Saturday 19 October
10am-2pm Sunday 20 October
At Gungaderra Homestead, Harrison
Free, no registrations required

Sit back, relax and let your creativity loose with our range of arts and crafts materials. Try your hand at mindfulness colouring, make yourself a pom-pom, or have a go at tapestry weaving. There’s a range of activities and materials on offer so you can try them out and see what works for you.


Dance for Wellbeing taster workshop

Dance for Wellbeing Taster Class

2:30-3:30pm Saturday 19 October
At Gungaderra Homestead, Harrison
Free, no registrations required

This is dance for everyone who wants to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. Please come and feed your body and spirit with music and movement, be physically and mentally inspired and stimulated, have fun, meet some new friends and feel good! People who experience Parkinson’s, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, RSI, Arthritis or other conditions are welcome to attend, with support if required.

Dance for Wellbeing is a unique vehicle, naturally combining multiple approaches to movement and exercise, confidence building and improved quality of life. The class you will experience is made up of an hour of gentle exercise to music, and much of it takes place sitting in a circle of chairs. You will be guided through a carefully planned program of dance activities by a team of inspiring and well-qualified dance practitioners, who are especially passionate about offering quality dance for everyone.


Tales and Tea with Magnolia Learning

Tales and Tea with Magnolia Learning

10:30am-12pm Sunday 20 October
At Gungaderra Homestead, Harrison
Free, but registrations required

Register for Tales and Tea | Sunday 20 October

Dr Claire Manning uses a variety of creative prompts including literature/artwork/photographs to encourage participants to free up the mind and let the ideas flow. This ‘taster’ will provide several hands-on activities for participants to have creative time with words.

The workshops are for all kinds of storytellers. They allow soon-to-be writers the opportunity to take their first steps to play with words, find a voice and start writing. Or the workshop can provide a chance for experienced (creative, workplace, academic) writers to give themselves time to play. The workshops are designed to assist people with nurturing their creative wellbeing.

Claire is passionate about learning, creative writing and the arts. She was a reluctant student as a child, however, returned to formal education as a mature-aged student where she discovered new ways to learn. With extensive study and work experience using arts-based learning, she has discovered how aspects of the arts can enhance learning and make learning fun. She has designed a range of “playing with words” and “storytelling” workshops that have encouraged both keen and reluctant tale-tellers of all ages. 

Resilience | An open exhibition for Mental Health Month