Art is a Road Back; and, like all roads back, it is a road forward, for it leads not to a past, accomplished somewhere back there, but to the past within us. It offers a road back to experiencing, to a quickening of the senses, to a fuller realization of our humanity, and to a wholeness which is our real heritage (Dudley, Faricy & Rice, 1978).
Creative Arts Inquiry for Community Arts
The arts have the capacity to capture, hold and share the experiences of people living within a community.
Creative arts inquiry offers a way to create artworks based on common themes or in response to a particular place.
This involves reflecting on lived experiences and gathering threads of shared knowing to form individual and group artworks.
• Process based exploration
• Exploring a range of materials
• A combination of modes e.g. painting, drawing, writing, storytelling, performance, sculpture and movement.
Art has the capacity to unlock deep feeling…although the intention of the community arts work Natalya offers is not therapeutic the space is safe to contain what emerges. Art is also an important vehicle for social change and action.
Benefits of Community Arts
Community Art can be for enjoyment, investigation and/or celebration.
• Community events
• Special occasions (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries, commemorations)
• Specific groups and organisations
Natalya Garden-Thompson has experience working with arts organisations, community education, councils, health service providers, schools and community art projects.
Her focus is on creating accessible and inclusive artistic and creative experiences for everyone.