Wellbeing initiative Art Flow launches at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

As part of ‘World Wellbeing Week’ the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) have launched a series of free programs to experience in July, collectively titled Art Flow.

Art Flow has been in the works for the past two years as the MCA collaborated with The Mind Room, a psychology practice based in Melbourne. Dr Jo Mitchell from The Mind Room said –

Flourishing in life is a skill that takes understanding and practice … Art Flow is about connecting through art with our emotional life so we can thrive as individuals and communities.

MCA Austraila, Art Flow, Photo by Anna Hay

Art Flow will be available to those over 18 years of age. In each session visitors will be guided on a 45-minute contemplative experience lead by artist-educators, the gallery says it’s an opportunity to both reflect on a MCA Collection artwork, and perhaps look inwards, in new ways.

With no prior knowledge of art necessary, Gill Nicol, MCA Director, Audience Engagement said the program was partly inspired as a response to the pandemic. She continues “Being with art can help reduce stress and be a powerful source of wellbeing … It’s an invitation to visitors to experience something new and has the potential to connect back to yourself through art.”

Art Flow will be a bi-weekly opportunity, every Thursday and Saturday at 10.15am and 12.15pm,  and focus on Australian artists. Participation is free but you must register online to secure your place in the small group of 10 in the session.
Read on below for the upcoming line-up.

  • Saturday 2 July  artwork:  Angela TiatiaLick, 2015
  • Thursday 7 July and Saturday 9 July, artwork: Elizabeth Mipilanggurr Bamagora (conical pandanus palm mat) 2001
  • Thursday 14 July and Saturday 16 July, artwork: Nicholas Mangan, A World Undone, 2012
  • Thursday 21 July and Saturday 23 July, artwork: Khadim AliThe Haunted Lotus, 2011-2012