This year is 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 gives us great pleasure to announce our beneficiary this year is,
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."
On introducing this year's partnership, Viv Blycha, Army Art Chairperson explains; "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."
We look forward to sharing their story over the coming weeks as we lead into this year's spectacular event. In the meantime, for more immediate information on Connected By, contact: Greg Wallace 0438 292922
The 45th Army Art Show - at Leeuwin Barracks: 23rd - 25th August 2019