January 4, 2019

In 2018 Army Art was pleased to have Christophe as a major exhibitor.   I caught up with Christophe for a chat after the exhibition last year just as he was heading off to France for a painting trip, exploring exhibition and representation opportunities around his beloved Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

December 29, 2018

'Creative Insights' explores the fascinating topics of creativity and art therapy. Internationally renowned researcher in the field of creative self-expression and art therapy, Dr Kaimal holds the position of Principal Investigator at the HALE lab.  A research institute that examines arts access, education and uses of art therapy across a range of social and health outcomes, including for military service members with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

August 11, 2018

This year Army Art chose the theme Transition to focus the community’s understanding of the event and the reason for selecting our two beneficiaries

Life transitions are something we all experience, whether it is becoming a parent, supporting a sick child or partner, relocating, or embarking upon a new career. The threads of our lives reweave themselves often in unimaginable and unexpected forms. By supporting our 2018 beneficiaries, Army Art hopes to offer encouragement to people experiencing difficult or u...

August 4, 2018

Northern suburbs artist Ann Steer has an abiding love of the ocean and coastline, capturing it's endless moods in a beautiful palette of acrylic and pastel.

Ann who is always happy to use her art to get involved with the community and support fabulous charities, is looking forward to the opportunity to support both Tiny Sparks and Working Spirit through sales of her beautiful seascapes.   Ann will have a selection of artwork available for purchase at Army Art this year.  For first pick of the exhibited art wor...

July 28, 2018

In 2018 our major beneficiary is the volunteer run Tiny Sparks WA.  From the shock, stress and heartache of having a premature baby, a group of Perth parents set out to create a peer led community that would fill a gap in the existing provision of care offered to families.  Informed by personal experiences an organisation that is dedicated to being there for others has grown, and as a result the difficult journeys through high-risk pregnancy and premature birth have been made that tiny bit easier....

July 22, 2018

Joanne Duffy is a familiar name in the Perth art scene and with good reason, she is one of Australia's most collectible contemporary painters.   With her distinctive abstract expressionist style and use of intense, saturated colour Joanne's paintings are full of movement and emotion as she captures the changing seasons.  Her love of the West Australian landscape, and the memories it evokes for her, are tangible in every piece.   

Joanne has had a successful year winning both the R...

July 15, 2018

The Military Art Program Australia (MAPA) commenced in 2015, growing out of founder and director Leza Howie's experiences as an army wife, her time spent volunteering with Army Art and her personal experience of using art in a capacity that provided enormous relief.  All of which inspired Leza to find a way to share the therapeutic benefits of art making with other military families, serving personnel and veterans.

July 1, 2018

I sat down for a Q&A with artist and Army Art committee member Joanne George to find out more about her art practice and what motivated her to volunteer for the committee this year.

What inspired you to become involved with Army Art? 

I have been impressed with the quality of past Army Art exhibitions and participated in several as an artist.  That participation inspired me to become more involved and to volunteer to help with this very worthwhile cause, which benefits both charities and artists.


June 24, 2018

It's been an absolute delight to link in with the talented Italian born, Perth artist Francesca Gnagnarella for this post.  Francesca who supports a number of Perth charities, has a close family connection to our 2018 beneficiary Tiny Sparks WA.   Francesca's energy and playful exuberance shines through in her art. Combined with an exceptional eye for colour and design, and choosing to emotionally anchor her work to the places she creates in, it's no wonder she has achieved such success....

June 17, 2018

Life transitions are something we all experience, whether it is becoming a parent, supporting a sick child or partner, relocating, or embarking upon a new career. The threads of our lives reweave themselves often in unimaginable and unexpected forms. Army Art wanted to encourage a proactive engagement with what can be a difficult process, to assist people as they reorient themselves and move through any transition process, positively adapting to change.

June 10, 2018

This week we talk to award winning Perth artist and passionate amateur ornithologist Sally Edmonds.  Sally talks candidly about how her experience of depression positively transformed her life and her art making, propelling her towards the creation of the detailed artwork, that expresses her passion for our feathered friends.

June 3, 2018

Continuing our series of profiles introducing our marvellous Army Art volunteers I had a chat with Perth portrait artist and 2018 committee member Suzie Brown.  Suzie traded the tools of nursing for paintbrushes and hasn't looked back. Becoming known for her bold use of colour and unique portrait interpretations which are intended to provoke an emotional response from the viewer.  However, that desire to help others that first led her to study nursing never left, and with Army Art Suzie seeks to make a differ...

May 26, 2018

In 2016 Army Art chose Orange Sky as the major recipient of our fundraising endeavours.  Recently we were able to follow up with the expanding team to ask them about their successes and achievements over the last couple of years since our collaboration.  We were proud to support Orange Sky and are thrilled to see this innovative social justice not for profit going from strength to strength, caring for their volunteers and staff in the same way they provide care and support to homeless Australians....

May 20, 2018

Army Art is Perth's longest running charity art exhibition, started in 1974 by then President of the Special Air Service Regiment's (SASR) Auxiliary, Maureen Smethurst.   The focus on providing a platform for emerging artists to exhibit their art work hasn't wavered and neither has Army Art's core value of serving the community by raising money for charities to assist those in need.

May 13, 2018

In 2011 Hilly Coufreur gave up her day job as a Library Assistant.  With all four of her children having left home Hilly found herself, like many empty nesters, at a cross roads.  This is Hilly's story of taking up painting as a way to steer her life in a new, meaningful direction. 

Hilly Coufreur: After being at home for a month, my artist husband gave me some of his paints and canvas to play with. I resisted at first as I didn’t think I had any artistic talent. But aft...

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