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Arts for health



Through the facilitation of a creative arts therapist, the aim of these programs is to increase mental health, wellbeing, confidence and social connection.  They are suitable for people experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional hardship, serious/chronic illness, injury or disability or difficult life changes. Beginners and new members are welcome and no artistic experience is required.

There is a Women's group (Monday afternoons) and a Men's group (Thursday afternoons).

Participants have the opportunity to exhibit in our end of year diversARTy exhibition at Eltham Library Gallery to celebrate their achievements with friends and family.

The program provides:
  • A friendly supportive environment in which to explore mental and physical health issues
  • Shared experience, learning and knowledge 
  • A base for improving self-esteem and confidence
  • Mutual support and social connection 
  • An opportunity to express personal meaning through art
  • Facilitation of a qualified arts therapist 
  • Exhibition opportunities and showings

Benefits include:
  • Improved overall mental health
  • Increased social connectedness
  • Improved self esteem
  • A sense of achievement and accomplishment

“Totally enjoyed the course…the encouragement and inspiration.”
“Very helpful outlet to get back into art again after chronic ill health.”
"I love coming to this class because it is so fun and relaxing. No one judges you or your artwork."

This activity is open to people aged 18 years and over. 

Trial sessions may be available in this course. Please note that trial sessions are only offered where there is space available and does not guarantee a place in the course. If all places are taken before the trial session date, the trial session will be cancelled. Places may also be available in this course after the start date. Please contact us to enquire: 9433 3744


This course is held at our Eltham centre - 739 Main Road

What to bring

  • Bring your own art materials.
  • Some additional materials are supplied.
  • Victorian Artists Supplies, 715 Main Road, Eltham will give a 10% discount on purchases to those enrolled in a Living & Learning Nillumbik course.

About the Tutor

Elizabeth Kennedy has a Diploma of Visual Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma and Master in Creative Art Therapy. She has been tutoring in art for 26 years and enjoys helping people to develop their skills as well as an appreciation of their arts practice. 


We are committed to enabling access to the Arts for Health programs by providing a low, subsidised fee.
If you are able to pay the full fee or if you have funding to attend this program, please contact us by phoning 9433 3744. Your support is appreciated.

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Upcoming Workshops

Name Location Date Cost
Arts for Health - women's group Eltham Monday 31 Jan - 4 Apr 2022 1pm-4pm $115.00
Arts for Health - men's group Eltham Thursday 3 Feb - 7 Apr 2022 12:45pm-3:45pm $115.00

Contact us



  • Diamond Creek
  • 119 Cowin Street
  • Diamond Creek 3089

  • Eltham
  • 739 Main Road
  • Eltham 3095

  • Panton Hill
  • 18 Bishops Road
  • Panton Hill 3759

  • Nillumbik Shire Council trading as Living &
  • Learning Nillumbik, Registered Training
  • Organisation No. 3989, ABN 64 487 894 794

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