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ARTS & HEALTH

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is committed to establishing best practice programs for peoples of all abilities. It strives to serve the community in enhancing social inclusion, individual development and providing psychosocial interventions in the wider Greater Western Sydney region. It engages, celebrates, empowers and inspires diverse abilities with recognition of individually led goals and outcomes, whilst encouraging participants to develop, strengthen and enhance social relationships as a marker of wellbeing.

Casula Powerhouse Access workshops provide participants and carers with a supportive, inclusive and creative environment to engage with Art, Drama and Ceramics. Our Access program continues to encourage positive social interaction, a strong sense of community, and the artistic expression of each individual. Our classes build mastery on existing skills whilst, enhancing and developing psychosocial development. All of our workshops are facilitated by specialists in each discipline in regard to access participation.


Bookings and enquiries:
Email: reception@casulapowerhouse.com
Ph: (02) 8711 7123

MAGIC MONDAYS

MONDAYS 
4 February - 8 April 2019 **
11.30am - 12.30pm 
$58.50 for the term or $7.50 for single workshops

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Magic Monday’s are a great way to start your week and a perfect companion class for our ever so popular Tuesday drama class with Amber Virtue and Rubystar. Magic Mondays will focus on skill development, creative expression and choreography through; Drama games and Prop association, Karaoke (everybody loves to sing), Stage craft and sequencing (practicing introductions and finales, using the space and engaging your audience) and Magic and circus tricks (gross motor skills, accepting new challenges and discovering /developing new entertaining skills).

When students feel ready they can perform their solo and group pieces on Tuesdays to their favourite music so there is a cross over and connection with Tuesday’s show class. Both classes are designed to cater for all abilities. Whether you want to participate or observe, you will leave with a smile.

** Please be advised that there won't be a workshop on the 18th of February.

SHOWTIME TUESDAY

TUESDAYS
5 February - 9 April 2019
11am - 12pm 
$70 for the term or $7.50 for single workshops

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Your teaching artists Amber Virtue and Ruby Star will guide and support you in Tuesday morning Access, a loud and colourful 1 hour class dedicated to individual and group performances. The focus of the groups are half yearly Showcase Performances, a dynamic show in the theatre for family and friends to celebrate the creativity and achievements of members of The Show.

The show involves learning group dances, play games, role-play in fantastic costumes and singing. Tuesday Access has it all and above all else we are dedicated to fun. You will also learn to develop your stagecraft skills, work with sound cues, props and get in touch with your own personal creative dream.

There will be two showcase performances in 2018 to which all family, friends and community members are invited to attend. These Showcase performances are an opportunity for us to share how committed, talented and hardworking our carers and students are, all year round.

ART ADVENTURES

MONDAYS 
4 February - 8 April 2019
11.30am- 12.30pm 
$70 for the term or $7.50 for single workshops

** There will be 2 classes taking place simultaneously, due to the popularity of this program. 
Book here for class 1 | Book here for class 2

Monday Access Art is a welcoming group run by artist and facilitators Rosie Deacon. Participants are invited to follow a directed activity or use the available materials to create a self-directed masterpiece of their choosing. This group is aimed at engaging people of all abilities in art making, providing opportunities for self-expression, mastery of skills and social inclusion with a  focus on play and experimentation. All materials are provided.

CAN DO CLAY

TUESDAYS
5 February - 9 April 2019
11am - 12pm 
$70 for the term or $7.50 for single workshops

** There will be 2 classes taking place simultaneously, due to the popularity of this program. 
Book here for class 1 | Book here for class 2

Tuesday Ceramics Classes is facilitated by Natalie Valiente and Kathie Raco. Natalie and Kathie will guide participants in learning the techniques of hand building, moulding and glazing with clay. Over the course of the program everyone will create several pieces which will be fired and glazed for taking home. Providing participants with objects that are able to be displayed and used.

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS

TUESDAYS
5 February - 9 April
9.30am - 11am
$7.50 per session

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Weekly mental health based open studio for members of the community to access materials, social integration and develop creative abilities. This group is facilitated by a professional art therapist and aims to enhance participants’ wellbeing.


For enquiries:
email: reception@casulapowerhouse.com

IGNITE IMAGINATION

The Ignite Imagination program provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a discussion based tour of current exhibitions and work from the collection. Carers and those experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of Dementia are welcome to attend and experience learning and community in an interactive and stimulating program.


This program is on demand. Please contact reception@casulapowerhouse.com for further information.

BRAVERY UNMASKED

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and South West Sydney Cancer Therapy Centre proudly present the Bravery Unmasked initiative. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has a strong history of community partnerships which facilitate creative engagement as a conduit for wellbeing. The relationship between Arts and Health provides a strong avenue in which the community supports and explores a holistic perspective of health, encompassing the individual in social context alongside any diagnosis received.

The radiation mask is a necessary restriction for head and neck cancer treatment and serves as a symbol for the experience of cancer. Each mask is moulded to individual patients. Bravery Unmasked engages creativity to explore the impact of cancer from the perspective of those diagnosed as well as carers, family and friends.  Healing is multi-faceted; whilst the medical system provides the necessary equipment and support to heal physically, responding to the mask allows the participants to create a new story around cancer.

Manipulation of the mask as an object; painting, cutting away and covering the features, enables participants to communicate the experience using a visual voice.

All money from the sale of masks in the exhibition will be donated to the SWS Cancer Therapy Centre, Liverpool.

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