Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Sarah reflects

Sarah, an adult survivor of child sex abuse, reflects on changing her thinking about herself as a result of being in the art group. The art group made Sarah realise that it is problematic to define self worth in accordance with his/her experiences' of trauma because it was simply one part of what makes up the person; but it's not all of who the person is.

"I love taking photos because it feels as though I am reflecting true beauty. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to capture some inspiring images that signify that the world is not pure evil- it is uniquely tranquil. Taking pictures helps me to feel safe behind the lens and opens up opportunities to take notice of things which others may take for granted. The photo of the bird was captured at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park in Malaysia. Its my favourite photo of all time because it demonstrates that beauty is often the most simple of things, but to notice them we must open our eyes fully and look beyond societal stereotypes."

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Totem group: Week 1 painting

So far we have done some beautiful paintings – using warm and cool colours and black ink.   This was a group project that we did together as a way to get to know eachother and also to make some banners for SECASA.

Some of the responses from the children and parents about the paintings are :

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

New Clay and Mosaic group in Cranbourne

A new group for women who have experienced sexual abuse has started in Cranbourne.  In week 1 they have got their hands messy with clay.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


A few weeks ago we started a new group in Frankston called “TOTEM” - an art group for parents and children (8-12 years).

We received funding from the FLORA & FRANK LEITH CHARITABLE TRUST so we could offer families whose parents had been affected by sexual abuse an enjoyable and safe space to learn and make art together.

Child client said:
"When i come to counselling I always see the pretty things that people make (the clay and mosaic items from the adult groups) and I always wish that maybe someone would teach me something like that.... and the other kids that come here too. We could all do it. Sometimes It's really hard to talk about would be good to do something like that. Maybe I could make some friends there too?" (girl age 10)

Mother of the child client said:
"My daughter has been through so much, I wish I could take it all away for her. It's hard to know how to get back to being normal. Doing a group together would help me find a way to help her - to help us actually - get back some of what we lost.... you know, that right to feel free to laugh again together".

We will be doing all sorts of arts practice in this group - painting, working with clay, sculpture and collage. Some of the things we make will add to the many art works displayed at SECASA and some will be taken and enjoyed at home.


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Valerie's Story

Arts Recovery Group participant Valerie talks about the mosaic project and her recovery through art and friendship. Valerie is not a first-time participant on the art recovery group - the video shows the work she has made in this and earlier groups.