We can try to learn together | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
 In Arterie

Our patients often tell us they are not creative or artistic enough to take part in the Arterie program.

Arterie team member Rosie Donnelly can relate to this. After a long career in finance, projects and management, Rosie craved change.

“I am in awe of creative people. Being less instinctively creative myself I hope I can relate to those who don’t believe they have an interest or ability to make art.”

Recently, a patient on the wards said they weren’t ‘arty’ but like Rosie, was more than happy to have a go and selected a feather activity. She wasn’t overly inspired by the examples provided, and after chatting with one of the Carterists decided to draw on her own interests in order to complete the activity.

She decorated the feathers with some mathematical symbols. She had never thought about using these symbols – something she is familiar with and comforted by – in a creative way. But she was encouraged to weave her own personality and ideas into the art with great results. She legitimately enjoyed the process, and was then able to use this experience to make art with her grandchildren, even incorporating maths!

That is the beauty of Arterie. With some gentle encouragement from our passionate staff – all patients, their families and carers can draw on creativity they didn’t know they had. There are no guidelines, no pressure and no barriers to entry.

Rosie says it’s all about trying new things that put you outside of your comfort zone – “we can try to learn together.”


Arterie team member, Rosie Donnelly.


Team members Christine and Suzanne working in the wards.

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about” –  Helen Frankenthaler.

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