Participants of Northern Rivers Arts Health & Wellbeing Inc's

1st Creativity and Wellness Workshop

"Conversations Through Art"

-  Conversations

7th JULY 2012: Opening of the group exhibition


on Saturday at 1pm.

Northern Rivers

Arts Health and Wellbeing (NRAHW) Inc

invites you to the opening of


- an exhibition of expressive works

created using art,

music, writing and meditation

over a series of 10 workshops

by people living with cancer.

Official opening by

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Light refreshments available.

On view until 16th July.

Art helps cancer survivors healby Samantha TurnbullABC Online - 28th June 2012An art exhibition featuring works created by people living with cancer is about to open in Lismore.Image by Samantha Turnbull, ABC

When Lismore artist Tammy Allen (pictured) was diagnosed with skin cancer eight months ago, she managed to recover physically but needed emotional help.

She heard about a program being run by Northern Rivers Arts Health and Wellbeing and decided to give it a try.

To read the complete ABC article or to listen to the interview:

Art helps cancer survivors heal

Expressive works

Group 'Mandala'


Towards the end of the workshops,

all present contributed to a group message

which expressed our interconnections and

individual feelings at this one point in time.

Standing around a large piece of paper

with a large circle drawn in the middle,

oil pastels in hands,

we started drawing in our own ‘sections’.

I instructed us to ‘not think’ but to follow a feeling.

 Also, I made a tentative time limit of 20 minutes

to complete our mandala. The medium we used

also encouraged rapid expression.

At certain times people moved around the image

away from their original position in the mandala,

swapping places to respond to each other,

creating layers and developing new ideas.

The energy seemed to gather momentum and,

not even watching the time,

there was a consensus about

when it was finished.

I found it a wonderful and uniting experience

and how the whole group felt

 is shown in the image.

- Liz Dowling, facilitator,

July 2012


Mixed media

by the "Conversations Through Art" group

Available as a blank card with envelope

@ $3 each (postage not included)

- proceeds to NRAHW: please contact the Serpentine.

'No Pink Ladies Here'

Pencil and shellac on paper