ART for soothing & strengthening: caring professions

Helping to improve people’s lives as a professional is rewarding, and challenging. However, carers also need care. 

For medical and allied health staff/carers in hospitals, community health centres, aged care facilities, and those who passed the various art spaces where I have been working and said:  “I wish I could be part of that!”,  this session is for you!   

A morning to relax into your creativity – painting, working in clay, drawing, your choice.  You will be nurtured with a delicious, wholesome (maybe a little bit decadent) morning tea, artistic guidance, and in a creative space. 






Dates:        Thursday 18 July,  Saturday 27 July

Time:          10am to 1pm

Where:       Garden Studio, 7 Sterling Avenue, Highett

Cost :         $80, materials and morning tea supplied per session

Booking:    essential.  Book through TryBookings

Enquiries:  0417 526 636


Download flyer here 2019 CARING PROFESSIONALS 

Download program 2019 Program

Book through here ART for soothing & Strengthening : Caring Professions




This is part of an on-going series of creative collaborations with professionals.  I know many of you will be shift workers and this time won’t suit.  Do feel free to contact me to suggest suitable times or organise an art for soothing & strengthening program in your workplace. 




About me:  Anne Riggs

I am a visual artist – a painter, drawer, maker. I work with clay, paper, photography, timber and mosaics too, and make hand made books. 

I have worked creatively for many years with people who have experienced trauma, loss and grief, and those with mental illness – particularly with women who have been abused -as children, in their teens and adulthood. I have run arts programs in hospitals in Melbourne, India and Nepal.  

I have witnessed people who by participating in the arts, with an artist, being positively transformed by the experience.  I have enjoyed observing participants flourish as they create, and hearing participants tell me how being in our groups helps reduce feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.

I provide professional development training to the caring professions, as well as to teachers. Arts practice in wellbeing (trauma, loss and grief) has been the subject of a PhD and ongoing research. 






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