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4 weeks ago

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World Alzheimer’s day today.
Given it special attention at the Brisbane art gallery this morning by viewing 3 artworks accompanied with music and poems, followed by some creative art making.

It was lovely to have a grandmother, mother and little grand-daughter present as well as a husband and wife. A special outing for families dealing with the daily challenges that living with Alzheimer’s disease bring.

Once a month the art gallery Brisbane organises a free, guided art viewing tour followed by art making, (and morning tea at the café included) for people living with dementia and a carer or family member. If you are interested to attend please contact Debbie Brittain at QAGOMA.
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World Alzheimer’s day today. 
Given it special attention at the Brisbane art gallery this morning by viewing 3 artworks accompanied with music and poems, followed by some creative art making.

 It was lovely to have a grandmother, mother and little grand-daughter present as well as a husband and wife. A special outing for families dealing with the daily challenges that living with Alzheimer’s disease bring. 

Once a month the art gallery Brisbane organises a free, guided art viewing tour followed by art making, (and morning tea at the café included) for people living with dementia and a carer or family member. If you are interested to attend please contact Debbie Brittain at QAGOMA.

1 month ago

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Art and Wellness Workshop at QAGOMA, 31 August 2019

Stop thinking, start drawing. There are numerous proven benefits from doing art – such as enhanced creativity, fine motor skill development, and hand-eye coordination. But recent studies reveal that doing art (no matter what kind of art) also directly lowers stress levels in the human body.

At the monthly Art and Wellness Program at QAGOMA open for members and non-members of the Art Gallery we start each session with a guided mindfulness (or rather ‘mind-emptiness’) activity, with a specific focus each time. Returning participants are amazed by how different each session turns out to be.

Last Saturday we focused on the works in the Ben Quilty exhibition and worked with the emotive feeling evoked within each of us. The art directive this time suggested to create a self-portrait with the art materials provided (collage or painting).

Each person’s experience is a self-reflective individual journey without expectations and most importantly without judgement of self or others. It’s all about feeling free to create an image that is an expression of yourself in that given moment. The sharing of the experience within the group afterwards is a potent way to feeling empowered.

One lady, who felt so anxious before arrival that she almost didn’t show up, not knowing what to expect and without any previous art making experience was amazed by how peaceful she felt during the artmaking; her mind quieted down in a way she had never experienced before. The product of her artmaking also showed an aspect of herself that she had never considered or seen. Her experience of herself was a far cry from what she showed on paper (an expression of her subconscious self). The artmaking may help her to discover and connect to her hidden strengths.

The next Art and Wellness Workshops are 28 September, 26 October and 23 November 2019 – see QAGOMA website ($16 for members, $20 members’ guests, includes workshop materials and tea & coffee).
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3 months ago

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The next Art and Wellness workshop I facilitate at the Queensland Art Gallery is Saturday 27 August. We will be starting in front of one of the spectacular portraits of Ben Quilty at the GOMA before walking over to the members lounge at the Queensland art gallery for our own inner journey to painting (or collage) an emotional self portrait.
Mindfulness meditation, inner vision, self-expression and sharing.
Can’t think of a better way to spend my morning at the art gallery.
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The next Art and Wellness workshop I facilitate at the Queensland Art Gallery is Saturday 27 August. We will be starting in front of one of the spectacular portraits of Ben Quilty at the GOMA before walking over to the members lounge at the Queensland art gallery for our own inner journey to painting (or collage) an emotional self portrait. 
Mindfulness meditation, inner vision, self-expression and sharing. 
Can’t think of a better way to spend my morning at the art gallery.

4 months ago

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Saturday 22 June I am facilitating the third Art and Wellness workshop at QAGOMA. This time we will gather at the GOMA in the Margaret Olley exhibition space for a mindfulness meditation before heading to the seminar room to create and artwork with as focus :
‘self portrait in things: what “things” define me as a person. What do I identify with? What objects matter to me and tell a story about my person’.

The workshop is open to both members ($16) and non-members ($20). Places are limited.
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Saturday 22 June I am facilitating the third Art and Wellness workshop at QAGOMA. This time we will gather at the GOMA in the Margaret Olley exhibition space for a mindfulness meditation before heading to the seminar room to create and artwork with as focus :
‘self portrait in things: what “things” define me as a person. What do I identify with? What objects matter to me and tell a story about my person’. 

The workshop is open to both members ($16) and non-members ($20). Places are limited.

5 months ago

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5 months ago

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To all my dear massage clients: I am taking a sabbatical from massaging to focus on my own art making. I am still available for art therapy and counseling sessions.
I am happy to refer you to all the other magnificent ka huna massage therapists in the Brisbane area.
Wishing you a healthy body and happy mind. Aloha.
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5 months ago

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@josephinasart @australianbushflowers ... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

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Art therapy may help you access parts of you that words can’t reach... ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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Mother’s Day Art and Wellness workshop at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane.

I felt honoured this morning to facilitate the Art and Wellness Workshop dedicated to Mother’s Day. After spending some mindfulness time in front of a number of paintings in the Australian Gallery that relate to the theme of ‘the mother’, we all chose one painting that brought up memories of our mother, grandmother, children or an event. An emotional inner journey for some of us.
We took our feelings and thoughts into a visual expression, some with collage, some with paint, some with crayons. After witnessing each other’s works and a heartfelt sharing of our experiences of the artmaking the words that described our state of being were relaxed, calm, connected and compassionate.

The next Art and Wellness Workshop for members of QAGOMA will be on June 22nd at the GOMA. A different experience every time.
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Mother’s Day Art and Wellness workshop at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane.

I felt honoured this morning to facilitate the Art and Wellness Workshop dedicated to Mother’s Day. After spending some mindfulness time in front of a number of paintings in the Australian Gallery that relate to the theme of ‘the mother’, we all chose one painting that brought up memories of our mother, grandmother, children or an event. An emotional inner journey for some of us. 
We took our feelings and thoughts into a visual expression, some with collage, some with paint, some with crayons. After witnessing each other’s works and a heartfelt sharing of our experiences of the artmaking the words that described our state of being were relaxed, calm, connected and compassionate. 

The next Art and Wellness Workshop for members of QAGOMA will be on June 22nd at the GOMA. A different experience every time.Image attachment

6 months ago

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Its with immense pleasure that I work at the Queensland Art gallery in the Art and Dementia program.
Groups of up to 7 participants from nursing homes or respite services come to the art gallery where -after enjoying morning tea in the cafe -they will view 2 artworks in the Australian collection with a guide. The guide actively engages the participants in conversation about the artworks. Often a lot of reminiscing takes place.
Then I walk them to my art table, all set up invitingly with sensory materials and examples of what one can do with the materials provided. The participants have a choice in what they would like to create with paint, crayons, collage, or a combination of all the above. They get to give a title to their work and we show it to all.
Sometimes it takes some prompting to get them going, but once the first pencil strokes are on the paper, off they go!
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Its with immense pleasure that I work at the Queensland Art gallery in the Art and Dementia program. 
Groups of up to 7 participants from nursing homes or respite services come to the art gallery where -after enjoying morning tea in the cafe -they will view 2 artworks in the Australian collection with a guide. The guide actively engages the participants in conversation about the artworks.  Often a lot of reminiscing takes place. 
Then I walk them to my art table, all set up invitingly with sensory materials and examples of what one can do with the materials provided. The participants have a choice in what they would like to create with paint, crayons, collage, or a combination of all the above. They get to give a title to their work and we show it to all. 
Sometimes it takes some prompting to get them going, but once the first pencil strokes are on the paper, off they go!Image attachmentImage attachment

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How beautiful! Your talent is such a special gift. More, much more of what you do is needed in this community that we live in called humanity. Thank you for sharing what you do with the people that so need it 🙏🙏🥰

7 months ago

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No need to hurry. In the moment is eternity. #josephinasart #dragonfly ... See MoreSee Less

No need to hurry. In the moment is eternity. #josephinasart #dragonfly

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Beautiful ❤️

Yes...reminding myself so often recently...:) This is a joy to behold with my eyes 💚

7 months ago

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