The Healing Power of The Arts
First introduced in the late 1900s, and founded on the idea that creative expression can assist with self-expression and foster healing and mental well-being, art therapy is a growing therapeutic field, and is the framework for Voice of Change’s arts-based approach.
Voice of Change-commissioned content serves as a therapeutic creative outlet for survivors, and as educational materials that can be used to highlight abusive behaviours, address patriarchal masculinity and promote behavioural change. We also facilitate Q&A sessions and workshops conducted by family violence spokespeople that provide insight and education to schools, community groups, and businesses.
By their nature Voice of Change projects tackle confronting subject matter, so each piece will be accompanied by supporting materials created by family violence and mental health sector professionals. These materials will highlight key themes and messages, facilitate conversation and outline pathways for change.
Other support resources
Ultimately the Voice of Change website will serve as a repository for existing family and family violence resources, and new programs and tools that provide support on recognising abusive behaviour and promoting behavioural change.
The Fort Installation
Concept in Development
The Fort Installation will give 10 victim-survivors the opportunity to tell their story through writing, music, fine art, film or the spoken word. Each participant will be mentored by an experienced family violence practitioner and a creative artist in their chosen medium, and participants may choose to remain anonymous. Their creations will be exhibited as part of The Fort Installation, and will also be captured using virtual reality cameras so that the installation can travel the country – and the world.
Artists and Mentors
Project artists and mentors will be commissioned on the basis of suitability to individual projects. These are just four of the incredible artists who have indicated they would like to support Voice of Change projects.
Melbourne-based artist and muralist Danielle’s passion and love for her craft is evident through her diverse range of styles, from realism to abstract. She has created original pieces for a number of high-profile clients including Hollywood actors, Olympians, sports stars, business leaders, and big-name brands.
Stage / Performance
A multi-award winning film, television and theatre actor, Michala earned her first film credit aged five and has forged a remarkable career since then, starring in more than 40 films, television and theatre productions. Michala is also a writer, and founding member and co-artistic director of Green Room- nominated theatre company The KIN Collective.
Aria award winning, multi-platinum selling recording artist Gary Pinto is considered one of the greatest Soul and R&B singers Australia has ever produced. Frontman of CDB, widely regarded as pioneers of Australian R&B, Gary has also written songs for a number of Australian artists and has worked as musical director and vocal coach on a number of TV music shows.
Film / Documentary
Co-creator and executive producer of The Block – currently in its 16th season on the Nine Network – Julian is behind a number of other successful TV formats in Australia and the USA. Prior to his work in reality television, Julian was an investigative journalist and senior producer for 60 minutes for almost a decade.