My Volunteering

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Abstract Painting No. 45E Titled 'Reaching Out To Sons' Acrylic on Canvas 91cms Length x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist - 2011 NB All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

Abstract Painting No. 45E Titled ‘Reaching Out To Sons’ Acrylic on Canvas 91cms Length x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist – 2011.  Inspired by telling my family’s road trauma story at Road Trauma awareness Seminars most months since March 2011 about my son Ben who was killed in a single vehicle car crash on 5th November 2009 – in the hope that RTAS participants, repeat road traffic offenders will rethink about their risky driver behaviour and in turn save lives, reduce serious injury and lessen the ripple effect of road trauma.  Painting story/meaning can be found within this weblog page for ‘My Volunteering’.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

 

This is a new weblog page I have added which is about my volunteering with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV).  I have been doing this most worthy task since the beginning of 2011 – in memory of my son who was killed in a single vehicle car crash, at the age of 25 on the 5th November 2009…Please click here to view…Karen Robinson

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Regional Arts Victoria – “Creative Conversations and Post-Traumatic Growth” Blog Story by Karen Robinson

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No. 1 of 2 Creative Conversations with Regional Arts Victoria - Attendee at the Event - Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist 10th July 2015.JPG

No. 1 of 2 Creative Conversations with Regional Arts Victoria – Attendee at the Event – Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 10th July 2015.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July 2015, Regional Arts Victoria brought together artists, cultural and community groups, and services providers together in an event titled “Creative Conversations“.  It was held within a regional township called Wallan, Victoria – Australia and at their local multipurpose centre.  The purpose of this event was to have all parties share their understanding and experiences, in relation to creative practices, that are helpful within communities recovering from the impact of natural disasters.  It covered how art and art therapists, can assist in the development of “Post-Traumatic Growth” through specifically considered programs and approaches, that can positively help trauma affected individuals, groups and communities.  Greater insights into “Post-Traumatic Growth” gave the audience a clearer understanding about how “art for therapy” can be transformative; how it can improve an individual’s and/or a community’s sense of wellbeing after a traumatic experience.

 

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS PROGRAM DETAILS (RAV 2015)

I was fortunately able to attend all of the first day’s and most of the second day’s events.  Below outlines the structure of the days’ events which is inclusive of the name of each speaker and the subject matter they covered during their presentation (RAV 2015).  Also I have included some lovely photos I was able to take over the two days!

 

Day One – Friday 10th July 2015 (RAV 2015)

 

 

 

 

  • The Regional Arts Fund  An overview of funding available to regional artists.  Amanda Gibson, Creative Arts Recovery Facilitator, Regional Arts Victoria

 

  • Art Therapy:  Embracing the variety of roles art can play in health care with individuals, groups and communities.  Dr. Patricia Fenner, Course Co-ordinator & Libby Byrne, Associate Lecturer, Master of Art therapy Program, LaTrobe University

 

 

  • Three Art Pieces:  Three remarkable creative projects that emerged following the 2009 Black Saturday fires.  The artists will share the processes they used to engage traumatised communities and create meaningful artistic work
    • Kyneton Mosaic:  A mosaic mural made from personal treasures.  Kathryn Portelli, Mosaic Artist

       

    • The Blacksmiths’ Tree:  A 10m high forged steel gumtree created by a collaboration of blacksmiths from 23 countries and local supporters.  Amanda Gibson, Project Manager, Australian Blacksmiths Association (Victoria)

       

    • Into the Light:  An annual candle-lit lantern parade that uses art as a tool for community engagement and recovery.  Mahony Kiely – Whittlesea Shire Council

       

  • Panel Discussion:  An opportunity for attendees to ask questions on creativity, community and recovery with the speakers.

     

Day Two – Saturday 11th July 2015 (RAV 2015)

  • Welcome and Introduction to Day 2!
  • Working Creatively with People and Communities who have Experienced Traumatic Events:  Exploring how trauma affects the mind and body, tips and approaches that best support people and communities to heal, celebrating art as a tool for transformation.  Shelley Hewson, Nexus Primary Health

 

  • Singing Workshop:  Kerry Clarke, Choir Leader

     

  • The Work of our Neighbourhood Houses:  The up lifting and creative work of these important community groups.  Vicky Mann, Kinglake Neighbourhood House, Mary Farrow, Emerald Neighbourhood House, Megan Smithwick & Fiona Miller, Whittlesea Community Garden
  • Three concurrent workshops/presentations:
    • Lantern Making Workshop:  Mahony Kiely, Program Co-ordinator:  Community Development Through Performance/Art, City of Whittlesea
    • Art in Public Places:  The challenges and processes of creating art in a public space.  Sandy Caldow is a poet, freelance artist and the Public Art Office at the City of Whittlesea.  She writes for World Sculpture news and Asian Art news.  She has been involved with putting art in public places over the past 20 years and is still amazed by all aspects of it.  She, along with Kristen Cherry, Manager Active Communities in the Mitchell Shire will reflect on Council requirements, secret solutions and share memories of close calls and catastrophes averted.  Sandy Caldow, City of Whittlesea & Kristen Cherry, Mtichell Shire Council
    • Animal Felts:  Bring the kids! Making animal ears from felt, a paws-on workshop for beasties of all ages.  Barbara Joyce, Art therapist and Project Manager of the Chook Project
    • Creative reflection/Sunset ritual

 

WHAT DID I GET OUT OF THIS EVENT – CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS?

 

No. 2 of 2 Creative Conversations with Regional Arts Victoria - Attendee at the Event - Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist 10th July 2015.JPG.JPG

No. 2 of 2 Creative Conversations with Regional Arts Victoria – Attendee at the Event – Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 10th July 2015.JPG.JPG

 

I found myself realising even more, that “my own art for therapy journey” was/is very much alike what others have experienced after being subjected to a traumatic event.  After listening to the speakers it was clear that the path I have travelled has been and still is what was coined as “Post-Traumatic Growth“.  It also became apparent to me that people and whole communities fare much better where appropriate care and support is offered by trained professionals within the field of ‘Post-Trauma Growth’, along side of their personal ‘art for therapy’ endeavours.

During the event breaks, I found myself talking and listening to other attendees, mostly listening as they shared their personal stories about loss, grief, despair and ‘Post-Traumatic Growth‘.  Some of the stories I heard were deeply personal and some people were still struggling to reach a place where joy could be found in every day, even after many years since the traumatic event.  They talked about how they use art forms such as crocheting, painting, singing, dancing, writing etc to help manage their daily struggles in obtaining a good sense of wellbeing.

I came away better appreciating how the combination of “art for therapy” in conjunction with specialised professional care and support in the field of ‘Post-Traumatic Growth‘, can help people find a new path forward.  It was clear after speaking and listening to others at this event that this path of ‘post-trauma growth’ can be short for some, long for others and sadly for a few – never-ending.

 

ARTIST DISPLAYS – Mitchell Makers Exhibition

At the end of the first day of this event, a celebration with all occurred, which marked the opening of the Mitchell Makers Exhibition of new contemporary art from the Mitchell Shire, Regional Victoria, Australia.  Please find below a slide show of art works that where on display at this event.

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CREATIVITY IN RECOVERY

Nexus Primary Health in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria, Mitchell Shire Council, MCRAG and the City of Whittlesea on the 16th September published this interesting “heartwarming grassroots documentary which highlights the powerful effect of how creativity & community spirit can be harnessed to achieve healing, transformation & recovery from trauma, natural disaster & all things that knock us sideways” (Nexus Primary Health 2015).

 

 

CONCLUSION

It’s a big role that Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) plays across the state of Victoria, Australia which assists, in keeping the arts alive, within these communities; and helps community members rebuild lives and townships after devastating bush fires have swept through their homes, their lands and their lives.  This particular event “Creative Conversations” was a wonderful way of bringing together a diverse group of people such as stakeholders, communities and individuals to share, learn and think about the wellbeing of people who need help with their “Post-Traumatic Growth” journey – Art for therapy at its very best I feel….

 

My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist/Blogger/Story-teller/Photo-taker

Regional Arts Victoria – “Annual Members Celebration and AGM 2015” by Karen Robinson

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2 of 21 Regional Arts Victoria's Annual Members Celebration and AGM at the State Library of Victoria, Latrobe Street, Melbourne 30.05.2015 - Karen Robinson & Amanda Gibson - RAV Regional Facilitator.JPG

2 of 21 Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist and Amanda Gibson – RAV Regional Facilitator, Regional Arts Victoria’s Annual Members Celebration and AGM at the State Library of Victoria, Latrobe Street, Melbourne 30.05.2015 .JPG

 

 

INTRODUCTION

April this year, 2015 – I become a member of Regional Arts Victoria (RAV).  They “inspire art across the state of Victoria through creative facilitation, touring, education, specialised resources, artistic projects and advocacy (RAV 2015). They develop and sustain creative communities and artistic practice” all over Victoria, Australia (RAV 2015).

 

ABOUT REGIONAL ARTS VICTORIA

Regional Arts Victoria are an “independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working in long-term partnerships with every level of government, fostering contemporary and innovative regional cultural practice across five decades (RAV 2015) .  They advise and impact on decision-making across multiple portfolios and levels of government.  The organisation is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations, and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria, Australia” (RAV 2015).

 

14 of 21 Regional Arts Victoria's Annual Members Celebration and AGM at the State Library of Victoria, Latrobe Street, Melbourne 30.05.2015 Photographed by Karen Robinson-Abstract Artist.JPG

14 of 21 Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist of Attwood at the Regional Arts Victoria’s Annual Members Celebration and AGM at the State Library of Victoria, Latrobe Street, Melbourne 30.05.2015 Photographed by M. Robinson-Abstract Artist.JPG

 

 

REGIONAL ARTS VICTORIA – ANNUAL MEMBERS’ CELEBRATION AND AGM

On Saturday 30th May, 2015, Regional Arts Victoria had their yearly annual Members’ Celebration which was inclusive of their Annual General Meeting at the prestigious State Library of Victoria Theatrette on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne – Australia.  It was well attended by RAV members, partners, Board Members, Esther AnatolitisDirector of RAV, RAV staff and community members.   A number of events covered during the afternoon where:  (1)  Annual General Meeting reflecting on 2014’s inspirations; (2) the launch of our Small Town Transformations book with special guests from Avoca, Dookie, Natimuk, Neerim South and Ouyen, as well as the Hon Martin Foley MP, Minister For Creative Industries, and Ted Baillieu, former Premier and Minister for the Arts; (3) and the announcement of the winner of the Joan and Betty Rayner Commission, an initiative of the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria (RAV 2015).

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW:   Regional Arts Victoria’s Annual Members’ Celebration and AGM at Victoria’s State Library Theatrette, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Australia – 30/05/2015.

 

 

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AMANDA GIBSON – CREATIVE ARTS RECOVERY FACILITATOR

Back in April this year 2015, Amanda Gibson, one of RAV’s Creative Arts Recovery facilitators, kindly came out to my home studio to visit me.  We spent some time talking about my paintings in preparation for my solo exhibition for May/June 2015 at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery and their painting stories; and about my arts practice.  So it was another good opportunity to catch up with Amanda at this event. Amanda’s responsible for the Mitchell/Macedon/Hume Region of Victoria, Australia where she supports creative recovery in disaster affected communities within these regions (RAV 2015).  Amanda’s role as a key arts catalysts within this region, works closely with artists, communities and local government and help keep communities informed of key arts opportunities and development as well as supporting arts policy development (RAV 2015).

 

4 of 21 Regional Arts Victoria's Annual Members Celebration and AGM at the State Library of Victoria, Latrobe Street, Melbourne 30.05.2015 Photographed by Karen Robinson-Abstract Artist.JPG

4 of 21 Amanda Gibson – Creative Arts Recovery Facilitator for Mitchell/Macedon/Hume Region of Victoria acting as the unofficial photographer on the day at the Regional Arts Victoria’s Annual Members Celebration and AGM at the State Library of Victoria, Latrobe Street, Melbourne 30.05.2015 Photographed by Karen Robinson-Abstract Artist.JPG

 

 

CONCLUSION

It’s a big role that Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) plays across the state of Victoria, Australia which assists, in keeping the arts alive, within these communities; and helps community members rebuild lives and townships after devastating bush fires have swept through their homes, their lands and their lives.  Art for therapy at its very best I feel….

 

My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist/Blogger/Story-teller/Photo-taker

New Membership – Regional Arts Victoria ‘Just become a member!’ by Karen Robinson

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I have just become a member of Regional Arts Victoria.  They “inspire art across the state of Victoria through creative facilitation, touring, education, specialised resources, artistic projects and advocacy.  They develop and sustain creative communities and artistic practice” all over Victoria, Australia (Regional Arts Victoria 2015).

Regional Arts Victoria are an “independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working in long-term partnerships with every level of government, fostering contemporary and innovative regional cultural practice across five decades.  They advise and impact on decision-making across multiple portfolios and levels of government.  The organisation is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations, and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria, Australia” (Regional Arts Victoria 2015).

This is exciting for me and I am hoping that I will have lots to share through my blogging as I become more familiar with this organisation.

 

My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist/Blogger/Story-teller/Photo-taker