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Painting With Parkinson's

A unique art therapy program, specifically designed for people living with Parkinson’s. There is no requirement to be proficient in art.


painting at picnic

“Much of the art which emerges from this program engages the viewer on a number of levels.  Aesthetically it encompasses a vitality and visual presence which accords with all of our formal definitions and experience of art – more importantly however on a human and emotional level it also conveys a form of narrative and portrait of each artist which is profoundly affirming and engaging.”

John Pratt, Program Coordinator and Facilitator

Painting with Parkinsons presents two weekly art therapy programs in the ACT. Join our painters to become immersed in creating striking, expressive works that are uniquely your own.

Painters are guided by facilitators who are experienced in the Tingey Painting with Parkinsons methodology. Sessions include music, poetry, literary readings, meditation and gentle exercises to warm up prior to painting. Artists work from ‘within’, are not instructed or directed, nor do they work from still life. Artists work without interruption, discretely supported and supplied with fresh materials, as needed. Classical, instrumental or meditative music is played in the background to enhance the creative process, often described as ‘flow’.

Each painting session concludes with respectful reflection and discussion on the work produced, with artists invited to participate in this discussion.  Once dry, work may be catalogued and stored for selection in upcoming exhibitions.  Work is formally exhibited to the public generally once a year.

Sessions run for approximately 90 minutes after informal socialising over a cup of tea or coffee and cake provided by our valued volunteers.

A full description of the program methodology, including the book ‘Magic Happens’ by Nancy Tingey, and the manual ‘How Magic Happens’ by Ian Bignall can be found on the Painting with Parkinsons website.

Where and When

There are two Painting with Parkinsons groups that meet weekly in Canberra, with breaks during public holidays and the festive season:

  • Thursdays @ 10h00 – 12h00:
    Art Studio at LDK in Greenway, 260 Soward Way, Greenway ACT
  • Fridays @ 10h00 – 12h00:
    Banksia Centre at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT


$10/person/session, payments made to the session facilitator
Includes all materials and morning tea or coffee


For more information contact Ian Bignall on [email protected]

Please be mindful that there may be a waiting list to join the group.

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