ARTreach – art from the streets
St. Pat’s Crossroads outreach team works with people who congregate in parks and on streets in the Perth CBD, Maylands and the Fremantle CBD. Some of these people are experiencing mental health challenges and substance misuse issues; some are in Perth from regional WA for medical treatment; some are homeless.
ARTreach is an initiative founded by St. Pat’s and the Local Drug Action Group to encourage relationship-building between St. Pat’s outreach workers and park-dwellers. Through the medium of art and shared activities the team established trust and rapport with people, linking them into appropriate services, providing information and undertaking health checks. The project is funded by the Office of Crime Prevention and supported by the City of Fremantle and Fremantle Police.
“Many of the people we meet are not necessarily seeking out assistance,” says Crossroads Aboriginal liaison worker, Haley Nelson. “But they’re often keen for a chat and a paint. It’s a good way to get to know people and find out where they’re at. Painting is a meaningful activity that can be very therapeutic. Coming together in this way also provides valuable opportunities for outreach.”
St. Pat’s CEO Steve McDermott says the Crossroads outreach program is one of St. Pat’s most successful. “The program is all about meeting people where they are,” he says. “Not just physically but also emotionally. It’s critical to allow the time and space for trust to develop so that if assistance is required, we can provide that assistance.”
Over 2017 these artists produced some truly beautiful works that we are privileged to share with you. All works will be for sale with all proceeds going directly to the artists.
The Woolstores, Cantonment St, Fremantle
March 7 – 14 2018
10am – 3pm
For interviews and photo opportunities: