Kapi Art Space

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Creative Mental Health Programs 2020

The overwhelming success of our first group art exhibition in October has led to the development of several projects moving into 2020, further giving voice to the area of mental health in the region.

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Aimed right at the heart of Kapi’s vision: supporting people telling their stories of healing and restoration from mental health challenges through arts processes and creative expression, our 2020 Creative Mental Health Program is set to support members of the Yarra Ranges community and widen the capabilities of our safe and healing creative community.

Project donations will be used to support three projects that promote mental health and well-being through creative expression and the development of a safe arts community. These include:

  1. the curated production of a book containing the 2019 exhibitions’ stories and art, titled Stories of Endurance
  2. the development of an arts support program Healing the Artists Soul, and
  3. management and implementation of the 2020 Endure exhibition to be held over Mental Health Week, with deeply impactful community programs, art therapy and events in the lead-up to the exhibition, based on valuable feedback from the 2019 event.

The project has at its heart the purposes of:

  • facilitating connected and healthy communities
  • fostering engagement and inclusivity with other locals of the region
  • encouraging contribution, participation and belonging in cultural activities, and
  • promoting equity through the positive empowerment of minority voices

These outcomes align with Yarra Ranges Councils’ Health and Wellbeing values, as identified in The Yarra Ranges 2017 -2021 strategy to create “environments that enable people to be healthy and increase their wellbeing”. It also promotes gender equity and contributions toward the vibrant artistic heritage that connects communities within the Yarra Ranges region.

We aim to raise $25,000 through philanthropy, Council funding, public fundraising events and ACF’s crowdfunding campaign based on our Fundraising Strategy which can be found on our website (kapiartspace.com/crowdfunding)

Funds will go directly toward the development of resources and programs, support and partnerships with mental health organisations in the region. Projected outcomes are to further establish our supportive creative community environment to enhance wellbeing and help to empower individuals’ pathways toward mental health recovery through a sense of belonging.

Overwhelming support from the public, community organisations and Council have ensured that this project will produce a thriving resource and vibrant creative community for those experiencing the challenge of trauma and mental health illness. It will also serve to de-stigmatise mental health and bring into the open the very real stories that shape peoples’ lives whilst championing the role that art and creativity have to play in the healing journey.

Kapi Art Space is a gallery, gift shop and multi-use art studio nestled in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, Victoria.

Our passion is to help bring individuals and groups fully alive in their creative dreams by drawing them into a purposeful, safe and restorative community through our strategic programs & events, workshops & classes, online and local mentoring.

Kapi Art Space is run by photorealistic painter Heather Bradbury who mentors and teaches creative direction through painting and drawing. She has published a number of books and runs various courses and programs for people and groups who want to explore the heart rhythm of their creative journey. Heather has been a coordinator and manager for many community programs over 25 years in Australia and overseas including festivals, reconciliation events in NT, arts programs, and retreats.


Edith Bradbury