"Getting To Know Our Neighbours"

An Art Project With MAMC

Inspired by the artwork made by participants in Long Life. Positive HIV Stories, an art project directed by Jonathan Morgan, 2003, Capetown, South Africa, MAKING ART MAKING CHANGE (MAMC) facilitated eight two-hour participatory workshops for clients of DAVENPORT PERTH NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER. (DPNCHC)

Participants from the DPNCHC  +55 community group met weekly to share their stories, lived experiences, memories, and identity in their artwork. Each participant traced their body maps on corrugated cardboard and began to add rich details, textures, imagery, and text as they enthusiastically developed their visual storytelling. Using artist-quality materials, the group built their own “body of work” each week, adding layers of meaning while exploring different techniques. 

MAMC extends our thanks to the fourteen remarkable people who attended each session and became a network for one another. We received much support from the Staff at DPNCHC, who enthusiastically set up tables each week and motivated their clients to join us on this creative journey.

Thank you to our hosts, mason studio, who visited us during the project and curated the work in their gallery space. The premise of the work, “getting to know our neighbors,” is a powerful way to build bonds and acknowledge the work of community members in such a generous way.

Elena Soní and Vanessa Barnett

Artistic Directors, Making Art Making Change

November 14, 2023



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Making Art Making Change is a non-profit charity committed to giving voice to individuals in a group setting within communities through the use of visual arts.

Our experienced artist educators are committed to creating a safe space and engaging projects where participants can explore artistic expression while developing self-awareness, collaboration skills and original creative thinking. Our focus is to facilitate dialogue and collaboration, thereby strengthening community bonds and reducing isolation.

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