2019 hosted Army Art's 45th Art Show, bringing Western Australia's fabulous art community together in support of organisations focussed on having a positive impact on the lives of serving and ex-serving defence members and their families. It has been an absolute pleasure to have partnered with;
Based in East Perth, the Connected By workshop is teaching people how to build beautiful, functional pieces of art in the form of hollow, wooden surfboards and stand-up paddle boards. It is a not for profit business whose aim is to provide full and partially funded workshops to ex service personnel and their families.
In creating a community and a resource for these participants they can share the sense of pride that comes with creating something unique. It aims to encourage a sense of self belief and can open their eyes to other opportunities. They are recognised in their referrals from ADF Rehab, Incite Solutions and APM as having therapeutic benefits to sufferers of PTSD in assisting their rehabilitation, specifically by providing safe psychosocial interaction, meaningful engagement and assisting in work readiness.
Helping people to step forward in a better way has been the founder, Greg Wallace's core motivation; "We may not be able to take away your pain, but we just might be able to show you how to deal with it better and maybe move you a little further from it."
When announcing the 2020 partnership, Viv Blycha, Army Art Chairperson explained; "Connected By is an inspiring concept, which offers a framework from which individuals can access a variety of mediums to explore therapeutic benefits. Collaboration with other Ex Service Organisations is a core part of this concept which is very exciting.".
For more information on the partnership, follow 'Craftsmanship, Creativity and Community'.
Or, for more immediate information on Connected By, contact: Greg Wallace 0438 292922
The 45th Army Art Show - at Leeuwin Barracks: 23rd - 25th August 2019