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Creative Recovery project



The Creative Recovery project teaches visual art skills to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mental health problems with the aim of improving the social and emotional wellbeing of those involved. People participating in the program attend weekly workshops at an arts centre where they learn to express themselves and share their thoughts and feelings through the visual arts.

It is envisaged that by engaging people with mental health needs in a meaningful activity that involves creative expression, the following objectives can be achieved:

This project was piloted in a Cape York community with the intention to extend the project to other communities. Creative Recovery was a collaborative project, involving input from numerous stakeholders including: Queensland Health; the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health; Arts Queensland; Access Arts; the Royal Flying Doctor Service; Disability Services Queensland; and other local community service providers.

Abstract adapted from Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health


Feral Arts
PO Box 1236
New Farm
Brisbane Qld 4005
Ph: (07) 3333 2700
Mobile: 0488 001506
Mobile: 0407 690444

Related publications

Leenders M, Dyer GM, Saunders V (2011)

Work in progress: Creative Recovery to creative livelihoods.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S45-S48

Dyer G, Hunter E (2009)

Creative Recovery: art for mental health's sake.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S146 - S150

Evaluated publications

Leenders M, Dyer G, Saunders V (2012)

From creative recovery to creative Livelihoods: “It's not just art... it's a healing thing”: the benefits of an arts based health initiative in remote Indigenous communities: evaluation report 2011.

Cairns, QLD: Australasian Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health


Last updated: 31 March 2017
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