Why ART-FULL WOMEN

ART-FULL WOMEN invites women over 55yrs from all backgrounds and abilities, to create visual artworks whilst making new connections and friendships. It provides a safe welcoming environment in which to discuss issues impacting older women, express their opinions and to share experiences and stories.

The Central Coast of NSW has been identified as an area of social disadvantage. Older women in particular are at risk due to the financial effects of lower wages, insufficient superannuation, separation and divorce which leads to an increased threat of homelessness. Many are still traumatised by domestic violence, sexual abuse and separation from family and culture. These women often struggle with mental and physical health because they feel invisible and their voices are no longer heard. They feel they are no longer needed and therefore suffer depression and disconnect from the wider younger community.

Engagement with the arts can address social inequality and disadvantage by increasing connections. Making art is a social activity, it involves sharing, collaborating and building relationships with others. Community driven stories can be powerful, create positive social change and help us understand and celebrate our differences.

ART-FULL WOMEN invites women over 55yrs from all backgrounds and abilities, to create visual art-works whilst making new connections and friendships. It provides a safe welcoming environment in which to discuss issues impacting older women, express their opinions and to share experiences and stories.

ART-FULL WOMEN also provides a public platform for these women to express their views, have their stories heard and to showcase their talents. It will not only celebrate their creativity and challenge views of what it is to be an older woman, it will also provide an opportunity to make high quality performance for which they will be applauded. They will gain an increased sense of well being, feel less isolated and able to communicate more easily and feel more confident.

ART-FULL WOMEN will promote theatre and creativity as ‘healthy ageing’ activities. It will encourage organisations working with the elderly to support art programs providing work for local artists and art businesses. Artists have had a particularly tough year with Covid and lockdowns. Often they are not eligible for government support and with spaces unsuitable for social distancing have had to cancel teaching or exhibition opportunities. They have been struggling financially and with maintaining mental health.

ART-FULL WOMEN will encourage community leaders to recognise the value of local investment in the arts by supporting collaborative arts projects involving community members thereby providing work and strengthening the local creative economy.

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