Painting with Parkinsons
Painting with Parkinsons is a well-known art therapy program that was established by artist Nancy Tingey. The program developed through international research via a Churchill Fellowship, and through personal knowledge of Parkinson's, as Nancy's husband Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 46.
Workshops commenced in the Australian Botanic Gardens in 1994 and continue to this present day. The program is now facilitated by artist John Pratt, who is supported by facilitators and volunteers.
There is no requirement to be proficient in art to join this group. The Painting with Parkinsons program methodology is designed specifically for people who live with Parkinson's. Artists become immersed in the materials and process of art making and create work in response to internal and external stimuli. Workshops include gentle exercises, poetry and music to encourage a sense of 'flow' Artists report benefits including reduction of tremor, enhanced well-being and affirmation of self as an artist.
A full description is on the Painting with Parkinsons website www.paintingwithparkinsons.org.au. There you can also send an expression of interest via the Contact Us page if you wish to join. Please be mindful that there may be a waiting list.
The group meets on Friday mornings at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.