Arterie - what's new? | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
 In Arterie

Our ‘arterists’ have been very busy so far this year, working to bring welcome relief and distraction to patients and staff. Arterie started at Lifehouse in February 2015 and is an art in healthcare program designed to ease some of the difficulties that cancer patients experience like stress, pain, fatigue, isolation and depression.

Latest developments from the Arterie Program include:

  • Nicole Hutton commenced her clinical placement at Lifehouse on the program. Nicole is doing a Master of Art Therapy at Western Sydney University and this is the opportunity for her to put the theory in to practice. She is a painter and chain mailer and was the Arterie Artist in Residence in December 2015. Her studies focus on applying art in the context of psychotherapy as well as investigating the notion that art is intrinsically healing. You’ll see her around the hospital in her orange apron working on projects and visiting patients with the Carterie mobile studio.
  • Arterie welcomed the new group of students from Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus. These students sign up to as volunteers to what we call the ‘pit crew’. They do behind the scenes work that supports the artists on the program and spend the whole year with us. They are asked to trial new arterie projects, package art products for patients, do some cutting and collating or sit with the Artist in Residence to learn a new skill.
  • The Beannale 2017 is underway – this is where we ask you to get involved and crochet a beanie. This is the fourth year of running the annual Beannale. We ask that you knit or crochet a summer beanie using pure cotton, or a winter beanie with pure wool, with a loose stitch in any colour. Hundreds of beanies have been donated to patients who have lost their hair after treatment. Arterie’s own pattern is available for use.
  • Inky Playtime is back – we’re fortunate to have the support of the lovely Rebecca Cullum-Brown. She is a local illustrator and artist who gives us a new, beautifully hand-drawn design each week for the Lifehouse community to colour. Rebecca is studying education and psychology and was a patient at Lifehouse when she came across an Arterie workshop and the Carterie initiative. She was inspired to contribute to our services and spends all the time she can find on the PlayHouse Heal in Colour project.
  • The Open Studio annual art excursion takes place on Wednesday 5 April and this year it’s a visit to the Powerhouse Museum to see the Egyptian Mummies exhibition. There are 20 free places available, however booking is essential. Open Studio would like to thank the Powerhouse Museum for its generosity.
  • Helen Gauchat is our April Artist in Residence and she will be working on her beautiful painting where light is the key element. Helen will be in the Lifehouse foyer on 4-6, 11-13 and 18 and 19 April.

Arterie is open to all who are interested and involves four elements:

  • ‘Carterie’ mobile studios – mobile art studios delivered by practicing artists which tour treatment and waiting spaces with a range of diverse arts and crafts for patients and visitors to enjoy, encompassing all skill levels.
  • Artist in Residence – a three week residency featuring a practicing artist where patients, visitors and staff are invited to take part, this takes place every second month.
  • Art and craft group workshops – free workshops held every second month which offer the chance to learn new skills like painting, felting or ceramics.
  • Open Studio – an art studio that takes place every Wednesday from 12 to 3 on the lower ground floor. BYO artwork or Arterie will give you one. All are welcome.
  • Art and health lectures – educational talks on the overlap between art and wellbeing featuring speakers from the worlds of art and health including gallery and museum curators, designers, architects, academics, health professionals and artists.
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