the birdhouse project

Hi everyone! I hope that 2016 is off to a good start for you. 🙂 I feel a bit in limbo, waiting for my course to start… If all goes to plan my first day is 24/2.

Recently I discovered something interesting when out and about…

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Yes, a birdhouse!

The Birdhouse Project was developed as part of Campbelltown Council’s (Adelaide) activities for Mental Health Awareness Week, as explained on their site:

“What was the purpose of the Birdhouse Project?

The birdhouse project was developed as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (5-12 October) to raise awareness around mental health, encouraging connections and sharing experiences. The concept of birdhouse’s was adopted to reflect the notion of safety, feeling secure and flourishing, with participants encouraged to decipher their own meaning from the project. The project also aimed to highlight the connection between nature and positive mental health by displaying the birdhouses, following the launch, throughout parks in the Campbelltown community. Workshops were run over several months to guide people in the art of mosaic and introduce a new set of skills and learning.

Who participated?

  • Approximately 45 people participated ranging in age from 4 years old through to participants in their 80s.
  • A variety of organisations participated including the Central Domestic Violence Service, The Cottage, Campbelltown Home Support Social Program, Paradise Community Care and the Campbelltown Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).”

If you are in or visit the North-East Adelaide area you can discover more of these in and around Campbelltown Library, Thorndon Park, The Gums Reserve, Gurner’s Reserve and Denis Morrissey Park.

I hope to get the opportunity to participate in something like this in the future! 🙂

Have you been involved in community art and/or mental health projects?
What was the experience like for you?

 

why (I) draw?

… Well, it became obvious after I stopped.

It is a means through which I can express myself.

It brings me a sense of calm.

Sometimes, if I like what I’ve come up with, it also gives me a sense of achievement.

Did I mention that it can also be a hell of a lot of FUN?! 🙂

I stopped drawing in my early twenties, after the demands of university studies + part time work became too great.

I started drawing again very recently, in my thirties, with a desire to get back in touch with my creative self.

It’s working! 🙂

I am no “artist” by any means but enjoy the process of creating. I am committed to continuing to create, even if I am the sole (soul? think about it!) audience.

Do you draw, paint or otherwise create?

Why do you do it? Feel free to comment below! 🙂