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Appendix D: Best Practice Project No.2         


Mosaic Mural Project - NEAMI Splash Art Studio, St Vincent's Hospital Mental Services, and The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Mental Health Network




The Koori Art Program at Splash Art Studio

Splash Art Studio is funded by the Department of Human Services to provide psychosocial rehabilitation and support, through the arts, to people with a psychiatric disability, aged 16- 64 years, who are living in the cities of Banyule, Darebin, Whittlesea or the Shire of Nillumbik. The studio is managed by the Neami Inc., a community based disability support service providing a range of housing and support services for people with a psychiatric disability in: the northern and north eastern suburbs of Melbourne.


The Koori art program at Splash commenced in 1996 with the support of the Victorian Aboriginal Adult Mental Health Network. Since then, Koori people needing spiritual and emotional support have participated in a range of art-based workshops and events, including drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making, mosaics, gallery visits, exhibitions, field trips' and community festivals.


The Mural Project March-November 1998

The mural project was an initiative of VAAMHN, St Vincent's Mental Health Service and Neami Splash Art Studio. The project brief was to create a space which was welcoming to Aboriginal patients and their visitors, to celebrate Koori culture and to provide a focal point for the diversity of cultures within St Vincent's Mental Health Service through a community arts project. The space defined by the project was an 80 metre squared brick wall in the courtyard area of St Vincent's Mental Health Service, which is used by patients and visitors for meeting, talking, relaxation and recreation. In December 1997 members of the Koori art program at Splash were invited to participate in the design and construction of a mosaic mural for the courtyard. Following approval of the design by the Victorian Aboriginal Mental Health Network and St Vincent's Mental Health Service, patients at St Vincent's Mental Health Service were invited to participate in weekly on-site mosaic mural workshops.



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