The Best Kept Secret – From Little Acorns

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Authors: Louise English, NSW

Year: 2009

Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference

Subject: CONSUMERS,WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP, Listening to the story

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765357

Abstract: In May 2004, twelve women living with mental illness came together for two weeks on a filmset in the grounds of Callan Park, Sydney to realise the vision of Venezuelan-born artist, Javier Tellez, to create an artwork (two films), based on the premise that if Joan of Arc were living today, she would probably be taken to a mental hospital such as Rozelle, and given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. These films were subsequently shown at the 2004 Biennale of Sydney and various international arts festivals around the globe. During the filming, the women themselves conceived a vision - to set up a creative space in beautiful Callan Park where consumers/peers could take part in peer-led recreational activities at no cost to themselves. Thus the Arc Group was born. This paper tells the story of what happened to the acorns that were sown in the hearts and minds of the women five years ago.

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