Post written by Lynette Forrest
The Burrinja Arties are a group of people, their friends and some volunteers that are taken to Burrinja on a Friday morning in school terms, to take part in an art programme facilitated by Lynette Forrest, a Creative Arts therapist.
The members of the Arties range in age from those in their 20’s to those in their 70’s. All have experienced or continue to live in challenging circumstances. The group considers Burrrinja to be a place that they belong and they look forward to their art programme and the welcoming community of Burrinja.
Each year the Arties create artwork for an annual exhibition. In 2012 they presented a portrait exhibition called the ‘ArtieBalds’. The theme ‘Home’ was explored in in 2013 and the exhibition took place in the Studio Gallery and cafe at Burrinja. This year they will fill Jarmbi 2 with an exhibition titled ‘Our World Is Here…. and it is Art’. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the exhibition and gain an insight into the creative world of the Arties. The exhibition will run from the 31 October – 30 November.
Craig is a member of the Arties, whilst he only joined the group recently; he has quickly become part of the Arties family and has taken on the role as spokesperson for the group. It was the following quote by Craig that inspired the title for this year’s show. “Our world can cover the personal to the political, the microcosm to the macrocosm. The cross roads the arties have had in their life, with all their ups and downs, To what is precious to us in our world environment and what we stand to loose forever, If we don’t act now!”
The Arties are looking for mentors to join the group on Friday mornings from 10am till noon. The commitment level is flexible, with a minimum of three visits over the 23 weeks program till the exhibition. This opportunity will mean that you are partnered with an Artie and will be able to share your gift of creativity with an individual. You are also invited to exhibit your own work in ‘Our World Is Here…. and it is Art’ exhibition.
Past mentors have found the experience mutually beneficial and the Arties are already asking who they will be partnered with this year. The group is very eager to increase their artist repertoire. If you would like to share your artist medium, skills and inspiration with this delightful group, please contact Lynette Forrest.
“I have spent eight years with the Arties as a Creative Arts Therapist. They are my passion! Our group has had its ups and downs but we are growing in strength, commitment and community. My team of dedicated volunteers and mentors have made a difference in the lives of each Artie and that is why the group continues.” Lynette Forrest.