Art Making & Conversation with the Creative Legacy Project

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Garden Lounge Creative Space is delighted to host 'The people', a six week series of regular talks by local people, for the entertainment and edification of people living in the local area and beyond.

For our final event in the series, artists Amanat Grewal, Sal Lavalee and Grace Faint-Ludemann will share their experiences and insights working with the Creative Legacy Project, creating art with patients in palliative care at Liverpool Hospital.


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The process of dying in hospital can weaken our sense of self. In a system committed to keeping us alive, who patients are and how they live can feel irrelevant amongst the monitoring and measuring.

The Creative Legacy Project exists in partnership with Liverpool Hospital’s Palliative Care Ward, and aims to acknowledge and celebrate the humanity of each patient through access to art making: a professional artist creates legacy artworks with and for patients on the ward - an opportunity to express who they are and their life story. The artist sits with the patient (and their visitors too!) and has a meaningful conversation centred around key memories and moments from their life. This time is often used to reflect, however the conversation can also be a safe space to speak openly about the present without judgement.

The art making process physically occurs on the ward, right opposite the reception desk. Anyone passing through, including staff, patients, visitors and volunteers, can observe and engage with the artist. This visibility helps to build a relationship with the ward and also provides a convenient diversion for people experiencing grief. The completed artwork is delivered to the patient and/or next of kin, along with a recording of their conversation. The effect of this single artwork is enormous - it triggers authentic connections between the patient and their families, friends and healthcare team, and affects the health of the entire ward.

The Creative Legacy Project is a community engagement program from the Groundswell Project. The program is sponsored by Dry July which covers the work of the artist, resulting in no cost to the patient or the hospital.


About the speakers

Amanat Grewal is an artist and art therapist with a Masters in Art from UNSW Art & Design and a Masters in Art Therapy from Western Sydney University. She is taking further her belief in the immense healing potential that art holds. A quote in the Bhagwad Gita (Religious Hindu Scripture) states that it is change that remains the only constant. Thus, change is the way of life! Nothing remains static and no situation is permanent. Utilising the tradition of still life, Amanat’s legacy artworks capture and spread the essence of the individual long after one moves on. As an upcoming artist, she has exhibited in numerous shows across India and Australia, and has also been nominated for Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown (2014); the prestigious Jenny Birt Award at UNSW Art & Design (2015) and the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize and Exhibition, Kudos Gallery (2015).


Grace Faint-Ludemann is an illustrator and artist with a background in primary and high school education. Inspired by the media and modes used in picture books, her art draws on the literal and imagined to authentically represent identity. The accessibility of her style is designed to engage family members and especially children in the making and interpretation of her legacy artworks. Grace has worked as a freelance illustrator for individuals and design agencies and has been a finalist in the Liverpool City Borrowed Wall Art Prize (2016) and the Yen Female Art Awards (2016). She is passionate about accessibility in the arts and is currently designing primary and secondary school Art and Wellbeing workshops for Wooglemai Environmental Education Centre.


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