St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre

The Arts and Music

Through our interactive activities and arts programs, clients also have the opportunity to engage directly with local leaders in the areas of Music and the Arts. Whether it is songwriting, signing, photography, sculpture, painting or craft – St Patrick’s is committed to nurturing the expressive and creative talents inherent in all of us.  Through the expressive form, our clients can gain new skills and share their stories of hope and struggle – often addressing their own personal journey or mental health issues in a non-confronting and enjoyable way. Our art and music workshops form a central part of our service provision and traverse all boundaries – providing our clients with new skills, confidence and tools for self-expressionism.

“With growing huddles of the homeless, we need art and we need art in all forms. We need all methods of art to be present, everywhere present and all the time present.”  Maya Angelou

Click Here to Visit the Client Art Gallery to view inspired works by St Patrick’s clients.

We’re always looking for artists to help us create exciting new client-led projects.  If you’re an artist and interested in contributing to the vibrant life at St. Patrick’s, contact our Volunteer Coordinator mwatkins@stpats.com.au for more information.

Below are some of our successful past projects…

Art Projects

“The art project gave me something to focus on apart from all the stresses and problems in my life.” Deborah Walley.   

Over recent years, St. Pat’s has launched a number of new initiatives empowering clients to use their skills as art practitioners.  Recently our Crossroads outreach team worked with a number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists as part of the ARTreach project.  Over several weeks, our team met with at-risk individuals (some of who were St. Pat’s clients) in Fremantle parks to create artworks.  Our team provided all art supplies, plus a hearty lunch from Bindi Bindi Catering.  Our workers established close relationships with these artists, enoucraging them not only to employ their substantial artistic talents but also to provide a meaningful past-time that didn’t involve drugs or alcohol.  The result were some truly magnificent works, displayed in an exhibition at the Old Boys’ School in Fremantle.  Almost all works were sold with proceeds going directly to the artists.

 

 

One of the featured artists, Deborah Walley, has gone on to provide a number of painting workshops for corporate volunteers at St. Pat’s and participants at the Sleep Out Under the Stars.  Deborah receives income from these ventures and hopes to continue painting both as a means of income and personal satisfaction.

 

Deborah Walley at Sleep Out Under the Stars

 

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